How to Recognise Fake Facebook Friend Requests

If you are a big user on Facebook, you need to know how to identify fake Facebook Accounts. We have lots of tips to keep you safe and you’ll love the video tutorial too.

If you Facebook on a large scale, one of the concerns can be learning how to identify fake facebook accounts.

You may not be aware but according to Facebook, there are around 83 million fake Facebook users. Many of these fake profiles are auto-generated accounts. When you see pages with millions of followers, there is a huge ‘purchased component’ of their audience.

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It has been reported that many of these likers were indeed fake profiles. There is an easy way that you can reverse search images on Google. This will show you everywhere that the image appears. You can see if the photo an actress for example, or someone else.

If it appears under a number of names, you know it is fake. Right-click on the image and select ‘search google for image’ this will bring up every location the image has appeared.

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Facebook can be a tricky place to navigate if you don’t keep your eyes peeled. You should treat online the same as you would in real life. You must be very discerning as to the friend requests that you make and accept. It is very easy to be fooled and worse still, scammed online.

Today we are going to discuss a number of surefire ways that you can identify the fake accounts so that you can steer clear.

Given that many believe around 30% of Facebook users are fakes, that’s a lot of potential hacking, cybercrime, and viruses that you could be exposing yourself to. These tips and tricks will ensure that you enjoy a safe facebook experience.

The first thing you should do to assess the legitimacy of a Facebook Profile is check out their Photos. Do they have a single photo or do they have lots of pictures on their page showing them holidaying and with friends? If they have few or no friends, you should investigate further.

Fake Facebook Account Video

Andy Isom from Learn How Group has created a video tutorial that will teach us what to look out for. It’s a very informative explanation so click Play above to view and then we suggest that you read 10 Things To Delete Off Facebook Today

5 ways to catch a Fake Account

  • Photos
  • Friends
  • Posts
  • Messages
  • Google

Step 1 – Photos

Look at the profile picture of the account in question. Does it look genuine or does it look like someone got the picture 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 – Friends

How many friends do they have? Do you have any mutual friends in common? Our personal rule is if we don’t have any friends in common and they don’t have at least a couple hundred friends we 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.

Step 3 – 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 at all. 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 – 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 – Google

Another great way to double check someone is to google them. Most adults will have a Linkedin, Instagram, business website, or another 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, it’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. Use these steps to protect yourself on Facebook and be sure share this helpful information with your family and friends. 

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