Okechukwu Solomon December 01, 2018 Facebook
The basic purpose behind creating a fake profile is either to spam or to destroy someone's reputation. The person can steal your identity and private information to use it in a negative way.
READ ALSO: How to get More Friend Requests on FacebookIf you are getting friend requests from unknown people, then first you must do is to review their profile to know if they real or not. To be on the safe side, the key rule is to add trusted and real friends only who you know in your real life. Here are few tips to investigate the case and identity fake profiles on Facebook.
How to Identify Fake Profile on Facebook1. Check the profile picture:- The first thing that you have to check is profile picture and cover photo too. Is it real or not? People usually download photos from Google and then use them on Facebook. Just match all the uploaded photos with each other and make sure that they are similar.
If they are not, then it's probably a fake account. There is a way to discover more information about the profile picture.
First download the photo and save it on your desktop or Android.
Now Perform a Reverse Image Search on the photo
This will give you rough idea to identify fake profile picture. Due to some privacy issues, some people upload wallpapers of their favorite celebrity, quotes and other things. This doesn't mean that the profile is fake. It may be, but we have no solid evidence.
2. Check mutual friends and friend list:- Is there any mutual friends? If yes, then you're lucky. It's a great way to find the authenticity of profile. Just reach your mutual friends and ask them whether they know the person in real life or not. Sometimes, the person may add your friends intentionally so as to make you feel that he is real. Be careful and confirm this.
Next, you have to check the person's Friend List. Fake profiles either have very less (less than 50) or very large friends (more than 1k). If you have access to the friend list, find out what they all have in common. If you find nothing, then most probably it's a fake profile. In some cases, you may not be able to see the person's friend list due to its privacy settings.
3. Read the profile carefully:- Facebook wants to make profiles more real and accurate as much as possible, so that visitors can grab exact information they are looking for.
For you to identify if a Facebook profile is fake, you have to read the profile very carefully. Is everything looking normal and real? Address, education, workplace and bio will give you rough clues. If some of the information is hidden due to privacy settings, you can manually ask for the proof in inbox.
All you have to do is, just monitor the profile activities and find out how often the user is active on it. How frequently he/she is posting and when he/she joined Facebook.
5. Review post engagement:- Another way to identify fake accounts is to check all the posts and notice. how many people are engaged in them? How genuine all the comments are and how many likes they are getting?
Every person has at least 3-4 close friends in his life who usually like and comment on each post. As much as I have observed, a real person usually gets 100-300 likes on an average.
If a post have too many awkward comments, they start getting suspicious. Now its even more easy to get fake likes and comments on Facebook by using Auto Liker.
Never ever share your private information such as username, password, bank details and private photos with anyone. There are hundreds of online frauds available nowadays. If someone is trying to be extra personal with you, please be cautious, as he might be planning something evil.
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