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Facebook profile for deceased man becomes active

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Harry Friar's Facebook profile. (Source: Facebook) Harry Friar's Facebook profile. (Source: Facebook)
Harry Friar now rests at Dolly Cooper Veterans' Cemetery in Anderson County. (July 15, 2014/FOX Carolina) Harry Friar now rests at Dolly Cooper Veterans' Cemetery in Anderson County. (July 15, 2014/FOX Carolina)
BELTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A South Carolina man is requesting friends on Facebook, but his family said he passed away a year ago.

The Belton family said someone is posing as their deceased father on Facebook and is now contacting their family and friends.

It's a separate Facebook account from Harry Friar's genuine page, but whoever created it used his name, same profile picture and personal details to create a new page.

Now his family's scared that whoever this is may have bad intentions.

DeLynn Lang said she knew immediately that something wasn't right when a family friend from Ohio told her mom she'd been friended on Facebook by Friar. That's because the family already made Dolly Cooper Veterans' Cemetery the final resting place for him.

Lang said one cousin even tried to message the new Facebook friend, but when she did, the person posing as Harry Friar unfriended her and blocked her.

Lang said her father, a retired pastor for the Church of God, had been very active on Facebook when he was alive, talking to a lot of people and posting inspirational quotes.

The family left his genuine page up since he died last July as a place for people to memorialize him, or write notes to him.

It seems as though the new Harry Friar joined Facebook this week with a family photo of the real Harry Friar and similar stats.

Spokesperson for Facebook, Israel Hernandez, said that this clearly violates the web site's policies since the page impersonates another. He said he has requested it be removed, and expects it to happen within the next 24 hours.

Facebook says that families can request that a page for someone who has died to be "memorialized," which means it stays on Facebook, but there's no login information.

Hernandez said memorializing a person's page will create a system that alerts Facebook if someone else tries to use that person's name.

With proper documentation, families can also have pages removed.

Lang is nervous that this isn't just a prank, but someone posing as her father to do harm.

"I don't want to see this happen to anybody else," said Lang.

It's a family mystery they'd like solved so that they and their dad can finally rest in peace.

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