There are people creating fake or false Facebook accounts to deceive people for many reasons. Many have fraudulent intentions to gain money or personal information. Some just want to see if they can get away with it! You should know what to look for in order to identify a false Facebook account. It’s for your own safety and will keep these people at arms’ length.
You Should Find Out If Someone Is Real Or Not:
You should understand why identifying a fake or false Facebook account is very important. Their reasons for having a fake account can vary enormously. Some simply want to win over your confidence to get your personal information. Others are cons looking to make money off you or be provided free goods and/or products. An impostor might want to steal your identity which will turn your life upside down!
Ask Pertinent Questions:
Before accepting a friend on Facebook, ask yourself why this person wants to be your friend. Ask them how they heard about you? Do you have a friend that they also know? What do they have in common with you? These questions should arise if they did not connect to you through verifiable, legitimate means.
Check Out Their Profile Image & Search Their Names:
When you get a request to include someone as a friend, you can click on their name and go to their Facebook page. Look at their profile picture and decide if it looks too professionally taken, has been touched up or you have seen this photo elsewhere.
You can search their name online to see what comes back. Unfortunately, if they have a really common name, that could be difficult.
Find out if they have been tagged. Generally, real people are tagged in various places for being a part of Facebook sharing.
Read Their Profile Carefully:
Read their profile very carefully! Does it sound OK or does something sound not quite right? As an example, are they really young and yet claim they are the CEO of a corporation? Are they making claims that just do not seem genuine? You must rely on your own common sense and instincts. Ask questions regarding a specific claim they are making. If they are on the up and up, they should be able to easily answer your questions.
Check Out Their Friends On Facebook:
Do they have local friends or just worldwide friends? Usually, the more local friends someone has the more likely they are for real. Having very few local friends, or none at all, should send up a red flag. If they only have worldwide friends, chances are this is a fake account.
Be Aware Of New Friends You Have Not Checked Out:
In the mad rush of today’s lifestyle, many people will just accept friends quickly so they can move on to other things that need to be taken care of. It can be a little overwhelming accepting friends of friends of friends. Accepting friends only based on things you might have in common such as food, music or pets. In most cases, these people are fine and simply want to hook up because of common interests. If they are friends with someone you have on your list, shoot that person a message to see if they can vouch for them.
Be aware of any odd behavior on the part of an accepted friend. Overwhelming you with comments, likes, and photos that are well beyond normal should make you take note. Someone you have barely met should not be in your entire space constantly.
Just Who Are Their Friends:
It does make common sense that if someone has a group of friends that vouch for each other and are actively interacting then they must be real. Unfortunately, there are increasing numbers of one person setting up multiple fraudulent accounts and pretending to be many different people. Sadly there are many people out there setting up fake accounts online at various media sites and websites just because they feel inadequate in the eyes of the world!
Oh What A Tangled Web:
Look for inconsistencies in the things they are saying. Anyone who creates numerous lies will sooner or later step in it. It’s a known fact that when someone lies, they can’t keep up with the fabrications and things start falling apart. Remember: “O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!” – Sir Walter Scott
If you start seeing many inconsistencies, a mixed bag of answers, remain alert!
Look Closely At Weird Behavior:
If someone seems to be not acting right or out of character, take a closer look at them. For instance, if an adult is pretending to be a teenager, they might say something that dates them as a great deal older. Such as talking about someone that a teen wouldn’t even know who they are or an event that took place before they were born – that does not include historical facts, just an event.
Declarations Of Love & Affection:
Really! You barely know this person but they are immediately in love with you and showing way too many signs of affection. In some cases, these people simply want to mess with your head and emotions. These people pop up on dating sites all the time proclaiming their love for someone. In some cases, they are super insecure and never show their true selves. In other cases, these people are hoping to move into your space and hopefully get money from their victims.
Never send someone you hardly know money through the mail or through PayPal. If they want a “sexy” picture of you – don’t do it! There are sites that will take that picture and put it on a pornography site! If someone is acting strange, makes you feel uncomfortable – delete them from your friend list. If they become belligerent you can report them to the media site.
When In Doubt – Unfriend:
If you are uncomfortable with someone or feel suspicious about someone, unfriend them and never feel guilty about it. Understand, this person is not a real-life friend or family member. They are someone who hooked up with you online. People like this can cause you many problems down the road and even hurt your reputation. Warn other friends about this person if they have also hooked up with them on Facebook or elsewhere. Fake accounts are going to go out of their way to join your circle of friends, so chances your friends are dealing with this person as well. Keep in mind, why would someone set up a fake profile, fake background, and fake life? People that do this are hiding in dark shadows, they want something, and will sooner or later expect you to comply. Get rid of them before they can harm you and/or your friends.
Be very careful with the information you provide online and what you tell people you really do not know. There are people that will warm up to you until they get all the information they are looking for. They could steal your identity and even blackmail you if there’s stuff you don’t want released online.
Always keep private information to yourself and never give personal information to someone you really don’t know, no matter how friendly they might seem. Any information given on Facebook or other media sites should be very, very general.
Focus on their offline interactions with their “so-called” Facebook friends. Many of these people have multiple accounts using different images and different names. If they provide you with a link to a website or other social media places, check it out and see if it seems above board. Even then, be careful because some links will send you to hackers!
Above and beyond anything else, keep yourself safe! There are some really odd people on the internet and some can be extremely dangerous. Never give your address, phone number, or family information out to strangers.
Take care of yourself. The internet is vast and along with thousands of really nice people, there are thousands of dishonest people. You cannot truly know someone really well from another corner of the world. If you use common sense and do not fall for an unrealistic line, you should be fine.