Fakebook: A Few Tips for Spotting Fake Profiles – Erik Kondo

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Facebook a/k/a Fakebook is filled with fake profiles. Despite Facebook’s claim that only real people are allowed to maintain a Facebook profile, there are literally millions of fake profiles on Facebook. Some estimates are as high as 137 million fake profiles.

What are these profiles doing on Facebook and other social media? Nobody really knows, but it is generally agreed that they are up to no good. Most likely many of these profiles are used to find and groom victims for some type of future scam.

I personally get frequent friend requests from “someone” with a profile picture of a young attractive women. Presumably, I am targeted for being in the middle-aged male category. Most likely, the goal of the Fake is to establish some type of online relationship that will lead me to be blackmailed or poorer in some shape or form.

The above photo is a screen shot profile of my most recent friend request. There are multiple obvious clues that give it away. Take look. What do you see?

Photo Example Fake Profile Indicators:

  1. The profile picture and/or cover page are over the top as far as “eye grapping” to the target demographic.
  2. The profile name: Lna Lna. Really? What kind of name is that?
  3. Number of friends – In this case 40. What young attractive woman who randomly friends strangers has only 40 friends?
  4. It also appears that Lna Lna just updated HIS profile picture. Opps.

The best way to determine the “character” of an online profile is to look at his or her friend list. Real people have real friends of all sorts. But many of these friends will be family, school affiliated, co-workers, or from the same geographic area.

Fake profiles have no real friends. They are fake, remember?  Their “friends” are their victim pool. Thus, the friend list is strikingly similar in demographics.

Real people are TAGGED by real people in their photos. But Fakes don’t get TAGGED because you can’t take a photo of someone who doesn’t exist.

Fake profiles may have comments from real people, such as “Your so pretty”, “Looking good!”, etc. But these comments will not say something like “Great to see you last night!” since you can’t ever see a fake person in the flesh.

In the real world:

“If you want to identify someone’s character, examine the friends he sits with.”
— Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib

On Facebook:

“If you want to identify someone’s character, examine his or her Facebook Friend List.

– Erik Kondo

When it comes to Facebook, the term “Frenemies”, truly applies.

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