Facebook say there are 83.09 million fake Facebook accounts. The social media company also said that 8.7 percent of its 955 million monthly active users worldwide are duplicate or false accounts.
Although Facebook are keen to identify and disable false accounts it is an uphill battle. However hard Facebook try to monitor and solve this problem there is obviously a good chance you will encounter a false account at some stage or another. These false accounts are sometime referred to as ‘Catfish’ accounts.
Financial or emotional fraudsters use fake profiles to persuade victims to reveal information about themselves so somebody can steal your identity, manipulate you, or ask you for money. Or, you could just be being made a fool of by somebody who is bored or emotionally insecure. Always read profiles of people who want to friend you who you do not know carefully and look for signs of falseness and inconsistency. Never send intimate photos or information that might make you vulnerable to blackmail or threats.
Here are some of our top tips on the warning signs of false Facebook accounts;
1. If there is only one photo of the individual in the whole profile it makes it quite clear that the account could be false.
2. Look for status updates especially at dates around the persons birthday and look for updates, wall posts and comments of birthday celebrations or parties, If the user hasn’t updated a status for quite a long time and hasn’t been involved in any wall posting or commenting of other statuses, it means that they may have forgotten the fake profile birth date and the profile could to be false.
3. Look at the recent activities. If it is that the user has just been adding randomers and making new friends, and that there are no pages liked or groups joined, it suggests that the user is determined in just adding people and hence the profile maybe false.
4. Check out the friend list. If found that maximum of the friends are of the opposite gender, it can be assumed that the profile is used either for fun or for random dating. If their friends are local the more likely they are to be real. If their friends are global the more likely the profile is to be false.
5. Check the information. If it is found that there is no links given to school or education institutions or workplace and that the user is looking for dating or a Romance scam and interested in both men and women, it shows signs of falseness.
6. Search for their name on line and see if you get any returns.
7. Fake profiles of girls usually have a contact number in their information. Genuine girls will be reluctant to post their contact number on a public forum.
8. Look out for recent wall posts, if you see lots of people asking…’THANKS FOR THE ADD….DO I KNOW YOU’……and yet the posts remain unanswered…it is bound to be a fake one.
9. Are they reluctant meet in person, to give out a telephone number or talk on the telephone or Skype if they are they could be using a false identity.
10. Try searching Google or the internet for identical or similar images or pictures. Fake profile pictures are usually selected from Google or Myspace and while browsing, you might as well come upon the picture the user chose for the fake account. Some photos may look touched up or too perfect.
11. Contact some of the other friends on their profile and ask them if they have met the account holder in person and the nature of their relationship. But beware that some scammers vouch for each other to help create a genuine looking account, this is called ‘interconnected faking’.
12. Don’t be afraid to ask the person how they knew about you and check them out with friends they say you have in common. Beware of unduly quick undying declarations of love or affection and especially requests for money.
You can read more on how to detect a false Facebook account, if you would like to via this link: HERE