5 Steps to Recognize Fake Facebook Accounts
In this video, you’ll learn how to recognize the warning signs of a fake Facebook account.
There are always people who are trying to scam or steal personal information. Use this video as a resource to help you spot the warning signs of these fake accounts.
Our 5 steps to catching a fake facebook account are:
Step 1 is Photos.
Look at the profile picture of the account in question. Does it look genuine or does it look like someone got it from an online magazine? Click the photos section on their account and see what kind of photos they have been tagged in or posted. Do the photos fit together or all they all random?
Accounts can make their photos private, but you will still be able to see their profile picture and cover photo. You can usually get a pretty good idea about the account with these two images alone.
Step 2 is Friends.
How many friends do they have? Do you have any friends in common? My personal rule is if we don’t have any friends in common and they don’t have at least a couple hundred friends I won’t accept them, even if they do look like a real person. If you have multiple friends in common (5+) it’s usually pretty safe, but not always guaranteed. Spam accounts tend to only have a few friends in total and no friends in common with you.
Step 3 is Posts.
Look at their posts. Do they have a lot of posts? Are the posts written by the person or is everything shared content from other pages? Look for people commenting and liking the posts. Spam accounts will usually only have a few posts, or none. If you don’t see any posts or interaction, that’s usually a red flag.
Also read their intro or “About” section. Usually people will have a school or job listed to the public. If there is no info there, that’s another red flag.
Step 4 is Messages.
If a random account sends you a strange message like “You look so beautiful!” or “I’m giving away $1,000” or anything else really out of the ordinary that’s probably a red flag. You can of course click on the person’s name and use the other steps we’ve talked about to verify if they are a real person, but messages like these are usually from spam accounts.
Step 5 is Google.
Another great way to double check someone is to google them. Most adults will have a linkedin, instagram, business website, or other type of online presence. You may not find the person on google, but if you do, and the data matches up with the Facebook account, that’s usually a good way to help you verify an account.
Now… These 5 steps are ways to spot spam or fake facebook accounts but they aren’t the only ways nor are they perfect. The best thing you can do is be safe. If you have any doubt or concern about someone on Facebook, don’t add them as a friend.
If you have added someone you are concerned about, you can unfriend them by clicking the “Friends” icon on their profile page, and then click unfriend. You can also click the “More” icon and Block or Report the account. We’d only recommend reporting someone if they’ve engaged in suspicious activity. Usually an unfriend or a block is sufficient, if you aren’t sure what to do.
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