How To Easily Spot Fake Facebook Friend Requests

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Earlier today, I received a friend request from someone named “Susanne Channing Freud”. Immediately, I could already tell it was a fake friend request, but after seeing how many clueless blokes added the fake account, I remembered how most people can’t tell the difference because they don’t know how to spot fake Facebook friend requests. That’s certainly a problem.

How To Spot Fake Facebook Friend Requests

Fake Facebook Friend Requests Susanne Channing Freud

Before we begin, kudos to you for making an effort to learn about spotting fake Facebook friend requests. You’re already light-years ahead of the majority of Facebook users.

Step 1: Visit The Profile & Take Note of the User’s Activity

It’s a lot easier to spot fake Facebook friend requests than you think. Using Susanne as an example, you’re going to want to start by visiting their Facebook profile.

Fake Facebook Profile

Right off the bat, I can see that the profile was created as early as last month, and the user’s friend count is suspiciously low and consists entirely of males. By now, you can tell it’s a fake account, but I’m going to continue onward for the sake of this example.

Step 2: Search For Their Name in Google

All right, so let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that this is just a young girl who barely joined Facebook and wants to become friends with strangers (yeah, right…). Let’s search for their name in Google and see what comes up.

Susanne Channing Freud Google
Well…

Step 3: Reverse Image Search Their Images

All right, so let’s once again give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they aren’t very active online under their name. Let’s reverse image search Susanne’s images to see if any forum profiles come up. For those of you who don’t know about this feature, simply right click on an image (in Chrome) and select “Search Google for Image”. You can also go to Google Images and drag & drop the image in the search bar.

Susanne Channing Freud Reverse Image Search

Now, let’s continue…

Susanne Channing Freud Reverse Image Search Results

Ah, look at that! Someone named “Michal Amir” came up. Let’s visit the link to see who it is. Mind you, this won’t always be the case, but it is most of the time.

michal amir evidence

There you go. The person who created the fake Facebook account scraped this woman’s images off of her Instagram account and used them to pose as a different person.

What To Do When After You Receive Fake Facebook Friend Requests

Once you’ve confirmed that the account is fake, report the profile and submit the report to be reviewed by Facebook.

Report Profile

What this does is force the user to confirm their identity by having them send a form of identification to Facebook. Most of the scammers who create these fake profiles are either too lazy to Photoshop an ID or they don’t know how, so they’ll just abandon the account.

Why Do People Send Fake Facebook Friend Requests?

1. To Promote Products

This is all it is sometimes. A fake Facebook friend request I received today from “Brigette” was from someone who was doing exactly this.

fake facebook friend requests promoting products

The link in the post directed to a porn website that the user was trying to promote.

2. To Scrape Your Images

This happened to a relative on mine. A scammer created an account posing as her friend, added her, and scraped my relative’s photos. They then created an account posing as my relatives, tried adding me, and… I reported the profile and told them to piss off.

3. To Sell The Accounts

Popular Facebook accounts can fetch a pretty penny. While this is more common with Facebook fan pages, personal accounts can be created and sold to people who want to use the friends list as a way to promote their products and services (usually adult).

Conclusion

To summarise, do the following:

  • Look for suspicious activity.
  • Search for the user’s name.
  • Reverse image search their images
  • DO NOT ADD THE FAKE PROFILE
Broke Clowns
Horny clowns as far as the eye can see.

Don’t be like these lecherous clowns who add these phoney accounts because their dick compels them to.

horny bastard
Come on man, even if that were her, you’re the last guy she’d screw.
Social Media Clown
I mean, just take a look at this clown who fell for the fake friend request. He’s an older guy who works in Internet sales, finance, and social media for a business out here around where I live. He works in social media, yet he fell for this obvious trick.

 

So remember, if you ever added a fake Facebook profile, don’t feel bad, because apparently there are people in this industry who can’t tell the difference, either.

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Alistair Kavalt takes a no-nonsense approach to life both online and offline. He's the founder of Sycosure, an online marketing company based in La Quinta, California that aims to provide small businesses with the resources they need to improve and protect their online search presence. To learn more about Alistair, visit his author page.
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