Is there a rash of Granny fraud? Possibly. I get 71 Google hits, which I guess is not quite zero in Google numbers, but it is pretty close to vanishingly small. And not all of them are on point; at least one seemed to address granny defrauding Medicare, and at least one, the fraud of (alleged) President
But if there is an epidemic of granny fraud, is the internet, and particularly Facebook, to blame? Possibly, but how? I have 100-odd Facebook friends; I can't think of any whose profile says "here is the name of my Granny, and here is her phone number." What, exactly, does Facebook offer a troller not offered by conventional sources? I think the range of possibilities includes these:
1) There's an epidemic of granny fraud.
2) It is caused by Facebook.
3) There's an epidemic of people who see an event they don't like and blame it on a technology they don't understand.
4) 1) and 2)
5) 1) and 3)
I guess 3) can stand alone, but not 2). Are there other possibilities?
*Actually, Mr. and Mrs. Buce do know a recent victim: we could give you particulars if we were so disposed, which we are not.
**Sarcasm. But at the risk of getting sidetracked, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he did pass as "Steve Dunham" in some company, and some point in his life. This fact does not, in my mind, rise to the dignity of a Constitutional infirmity.