Have you ever received a friend request on Facebook from someone whom you do not recognize or have been connected through a mutual friend? Does this person have no mutual friend with you and has almost zero activity on the platform? So is this profile fake or real?
Why would someone bother you by creating a fake profile? An answer might be “scammers“. These scammers create fake profiles on social media platforms and you want them to accept their request so that they can gain access to your information, which is commonly used to set up a “phishing” attack. Therefore, it is important that you check the authenticity of the request received.
Why Someone Sends a Fake Friend Request
Although fake Facebook friend requests are not made just for looting your money, there may be other reasons as well. You can get fake Facebook friend requests for any reason – some harmless, some malicious.
Types of people sending fake or malicious friend requests include:
Scammers create fake Facebook profiles and request to be your friend to gain access to personal information, which you limit to friends only. This information may include your contact information for spamming or other personal information that may be useful in setting you up for a phishing attack.
You may receive friend requests from attackers who post malware or malicious links to phishing sites in your Facebook newsfeed when you accept a friend request.
The person behind that sexy profile picture of the friend request you receive may not be as a picture. Catfishers create detailed online profiles using model photos in an effort to capture victims who are seeking love online. They can send large numbers of people to random friend requests before finding a ready victim.
How to Spot a Fake Friend Request
Here are some points that will help you to know whether the request you received is fake or genuine.
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Do you have any mutual friends of the requesting person? This is the first step to find out if it is real or a fake profile. Unless you have met the person in real life or heard about them through any mutual friend, this request is more likely to be fake. If you want to check whether this friend request is sent by fraud or not, then check this person’s friends list to see that it is viewable and how many people are in this list, which you recognize.
One of the warning signs is that the friend request is fake if the profile picture is of a celebrity. Sometimes, the person uses a photo of a less well-known celebrity.
Drag and drop that photo into the Google Image Search bar. Then click on the Search button.
Google search engine will give you the results of mentioning that image. If the request you received is fake, the image will belong to someone else. Usually, it is a picture of a lesser-known figure. Reverse image search helps a lot to find out if the request you have received is genuine or not.
You can also check the name and profile picture by mentioning who requested other social media accounts like Instagram or LinkedIn. If you find that there is someone with the same profile picture, but with a different name, it is more likely that you have received a friend request from a fake profile.
The person’s Facebook history is limited
Fake profile makers do not put much effort into creating their own profiles. So there will be very little personal content in the profile. Additionally, there will be hardly any day to day activity on the person’s page. They may have liked some posts and commented on some and made the account valid. They may have just uploaded a photo, which is a profile picture.
If according to their Facebook timeline, individuals have been connected to Facebook some time back then it is a sign that the friend request is fake. Most legitimate Facebook users have a long history of Facebook usage from many years ago. Fake profiles are often made in haste, and most profiles indicate when a person joined Facebook. If the requester created a Facebook account and timeline 12 days ago, the person most likely wants to scam.
The number of people in their friend’s list
Either the person has a list of very few friends or is very large. Very few or no names of people in a friend’s list indicate that minimal effort has been made to maintain an account.
The person has either sent a request to a few people whom he/she wanted to scam or is sending random friend requests to many people.
Everyone in their friends’ list belongs to the same gender
Does this person have a friend list that consists mostly of same-sex people?
Fantasy profiles may contain a small or seemingly large number of friends on their friends’ list. reason? They have made little effort to establish a fake profile, or have shot a ton of friend requests and received a ton of responses. Another clue is the gender of those on their friends’ list.
Depending on whom the person behind the fake profile is aiming for, you will probably see friends who are mainly of the opposite sex as the person may be targeted with fake requests. If the request is from a woman targeting men, then there can be almost all men in the Friend List, but with a mixture of men and women, you can expect to be a true person.
Depending on the gender of the person who set up the fake profile, you will see that the Friend List contains the maximum number of people of the opposite sex. If the profile was genuine, this was not the case.
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