Copper Trail Brewing Co. in Alexandria is warning Facebook users to beware a fake account pretending to be the brewery.

Author Oscar Wilde once said, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness." Well, if that's true, then Copper Trail Brewing Company in Alexandria is the latest victim of "greatness." The brewery took to Facebook Wednesday to issue a warning of another Facebook account pretending to be Copper Trail. "ALERT!!! There's a FAKE FB account copying our posts. PLEASE do not accept their friend request or click their link to a giveaway." Copper Trail's post goes on to say they're working on getting the fake account removed and asks the public to also report the account to Facebook if they should see it.

Screenshots of the fake Copper Trail Brewing's account reveal some of the differences to watch out for. For one, the fake account's name is listed as "CopperTrail Brewing-Company;" the real brewery's account is Copper Trail Brewing Company" (all separate words, no dashes). For another, the fake account is a private account rather than a business account; a private or personal account requires sending and receiving friend requests. Finally, some of the fake account's wording is suggestive of spam: words like "me" (individual rather than corporate or business talk) and asking for "data" and "registration."

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Despite reporting the fake account to Facebook, many in the comment section have expressed frustration in Facebook's response.

"I reported them and fb said it doesn’t go against their standards!" said JamieLee Jay Brown. "Fb is getting more pathetic everyday."

"Got a response saying it ‘doesn’t go against their community standards,'" says Andrew Debilzen. "But if you look up what the community standards are, this is what you’ll see as a reason why they will ‘limit expression’: AUTHENTICITY: We want to make sure the content people are seeing on Facebook is authentic. We believe that authenticity creates a better environment for sharing, and that’s why we don’t want people using Facebook to misrepresent who they are or what they’re doing."

"Same response I got," agrees Blake Steinbring. "Facebook you really are a disgrace and one pathetic company."

All that to say, if you get a Facebook friend request from Copper Trail Brewing Company, just know that it's a fake spam account and do what you can to report it to Facebook.

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