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- Keep Your Facebook Profiles Private
- Information scammers are trying to find out from you via Facebook include:
- How To Protect Yourself From Facebook Scam Activities
- Get to Know Your Facebook “Friends”
- Privacy and Security
- Be Cautious of Requests
- How To Spot Facebook Fake Accounts
- Different URL Name and Profile Name
- Unrealistic Profiles
- Duplicate Profiles
- Suspicious Profile Photo
- Friends on their Account
- Check on People’s Backgrounds
Social media platforms bring people from around the world together virtually. One of the most widely-used platforms is Facebook. It allows users to post their thoughts and share photos and videos. Facebook supports one-on-one chats, group chats, gaming, live streaming, and business and personal pages.
There are, however, some people who create fake Facebook profiles or accounts for various reasons. Most fake Facebook accounts are pretty harmless but some are fuelled with malicious intent. It would be best to learn how to spot such accounts as well as the dangers they bring.
Keep Your Facebook Profiles Private
Yes, social networks are meant to connect people. Still, it’s best to be on the safe side and keep your profiles private. Always be cautious in dealing with a person that you’ve only met online. Check out their social media account details; comb through their profiles to avoid being victimized by fake people through fake profiles.
The people behind such accounts are usually after data that they could use to scam you or scam other people using your identity.
Information scammers are trying to find out from you via Facebook include:
- Email Address
- Profile Pictures
- Friend Lists
- Social Media Log-in Details
- Address and Other Personal Information
How To Protect Yourself From Facebook Scam Activities
Every person, whatever their age or background, could fall victim to criminals hiding behind fake Facebook accounts. A scammer usually appears like any other person on Facebook at first glance; some even create elaborate profiles. Even a cautious person can get scammed.
Fake profiles on Facebook are becoming more creative. Scammers often pretend to be someone who is attractive, usually a girl, to entice and eventually scam users. They may even have fake military profiles on Facebook to create the illusion of credibility and convince someone to share confidential details or even send money.
Protect yourself from fake Facebook users by observing and doing the following:
Knowing that scams exist is a great first step. Set ground rules for your social media use especially when dealing with people you don’t know personally. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to remember that if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
Get to Know Your Facebook “Friends”
This especially applies when someone seems to have randomly friend requested you on Facebook. The same goes for Facebook pages of businesses or organizations. If you have an inkling of doubt about a friend or page, or if you spot something suspicious, evaluate their profiles or do a quick Google image search on them.
Privacy and Security
As a general rule, always keep your personal details personal. Make it a habit to regularly review privacy and security settings on Facebook and other social networking sites. Report any suspicious accounts or activities that you witness. If you happen to have fallen victim to a Facebook scam, report it immediately and take steps to secure your account.
Be Cautious of Requests
It pays to always take extra precautions in accepting friend requests and sending them. Also, be wary of any messages that involve money, especially if it’s from someone you only met on the networking site. In general, completely ignore any request for personal details or remote access to your accounts.
How To Spot Facebook Fake Accounts
As more people join social media sites and technology becomes more advanced, it’s becoming increasingly harder to spot facebook fake accounts. The scammers and online criminals behind these often have nothing better to do. Some even have multiple fake accounts on Facebook – each being dedicated to a specific target.
Nurture the ability to identify fake accounts or profiles on the spot. Here are some ways to spot fake person’s profiles on Facebook:
Different URL Name and Profile Name
Fake profiles on Facebook usually have names in the URL that do not match the actual profile name. Now, this alone is not indicative of a fake account. However, this together with other factors may point to a fake profile.
The mismatch could be due to several reasons. One reason is that the account was actually created for one purpose but the creator decided to use it for other activities. It could also be a real person’s account that’s been hacked.
Check a user’s account for details that indicate they are who they say they are. Review their about section, the more detailed, the better. If they do not have any activity on their timeline, like random posts or interactions with various people, this is a red flag.
If a friend or someone you know suddenly sends you a friend request with what seems like the same account they already have, then that could be a duplicate profile. Data miners usually clone the details of existing profiles – personal info, photos, and all. Duplicate profiles or clone accounts usually block the original account, so it is up to their friends to alert the account owner and Facebook.
Suspicious Profile Photo
Each to his own, as they say, but profile pictures could indicate a fake profile. Spot one by looking out for some signs like there is only one profile photo ever, profile pictures are of celebrities, it looks too perfect, or if there is no profile photo at all.
Friends on their Account
If you do not have mutual friends, that’s a red flag. See how many friends they have (if any) and where they live. If many of them live internationally, the account could be fake.
Check on People’s Backgrounds
If you spot any suspicious details on your Facebook friend’s account or of someone who just sent a friend request, go ahead and conduct research about that person. There are people search engines like Kiwi Searches that allow you to do thorough background checks on someone. These search tools may be free, while other may require a fee.
You can simply type in their name or any other details. Here is some of the information you could obtain through a quick search or thorough background check on kiwisearches.com.
- Contact Information
- Professional Licenses
- Property Details
- Traffic Records
- Financial Records
- Criminal Records
Note though that background checks, particularly the use of any information you get, as a result, may be subject to laws, federal and state.