I saw your picture, and you are really beautiful. My name is Annabel, and I want to be your friend. I am a shy person and don’t like going out. I live in Lagos. Reply me if you like me cause I do too.”
I recently got the above message on my Facebook. This is not from a real person because I have known how they act. I am sure most of us have experienced this.
Facebook is the most popular social media platforms there is with about a billion subscribers. There are a lot of accounts that are not from real people. And they keep sending us friend requests all the time, sending us message requests.
They are always subtle in their approach but they are mostly never for good. People with fake ID are mostly data thieves. In some cases, you have mutual friends with the person
How then do you detect and block a Fake Facebook account?
Among this are other reasons why people set up an account such as spying on you, defaming you. You can detect fake Facebook account by the following steps:
Check up their Facebook profile photo
Profile photo gives a user identity. What type of picture does the person have? Is it blank, or he or she has got only one picture replicating itself? Or it is the picture of a too perfect face, celebrity?
Most of the time, the fake account gets their profile picture from Google. Save the profile picture, and make a Google image search to see if others will come out.
Check the friends they have.
If their friends are not local ones, or they don’t have any local friend but only foreigners, then it’s a FAKE account. If an account has some local people as mutual friends with you, then probably it might be a genuine one.
When did they join Facebook?
Check their profile to know when the person joined Facebook. If there is a consistent history of their timeline, then it’s genuine.
Fake accounts would recently have joined Facebook, and what they will only have on their timeline is a replication of one picture.
Person starts professing some strange love and affection for you
This is a sure giveaway. When that person who you have never met, living in another country starts saying how you make them feel, start suspecting. They come at times compelling and desperate, and people still fall victim to this trick.
Check for any irregularities and inconsistency
People who create fake accounts have multiple of such accounts which they manage. They might try to be consistent on each of them, but they eventually do mess up. Be vigilant and watch what they say, and ask questions.
Don’t just accept any friend requests on Facebook. Be vigilant and stay safe.
If you are sure that an account is fake, block them.