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7 clues to detect a fake facebook account

7 clues to detect a fake facebook account
A Fake account


The Issue of fake facebook accounts is increasing rapidly although facebook are fighting hard to eliminate fake accounts but they can't totally wipe off all. Some accounts seem so real, you could hardly dictate its a fake account.
In this piece, I’ll give some do-it-yourself tips for spotting fake Facebook accounts. The goal of this piece is to make more people realize how extensive this problem is, to get more people to report fake accounts, and to make people more skeptical about online accounts and websites. There’s also the hope that more public concern about this problem will lead to Facebook taking the problem more seriously.

The tips below are mostly about finding several clues that point toward an account being fake. While there are a few standalone clues that will make it very likely an account is fake (like finding the real person from which they’ve stolen the picture), mostly it’s about putting several clues together that, taken together, make fakeness very likely. Well facebook hosts over 3 billion accounts worldwide which means atleast almost everyone above 16 owns a facebook account, with this clue all images can be traced.  Although many countrymen have their purposes of creating fake accounts but we would be focused more on Nigeria 

7 clues to detect a fake facebook account

Clue #1: Sudden change in content 

A lot of fake accounts will go from being used one way to being used another way
Example; A hacked female account of young lady living in Lagos changes from posting studio pics, makeover and dance videos and starts posting funny memes and links to a political website.
At some point the profile picture may be changed to a totally different thing or sometimes the photo of the beautiful girl is retained just to gain more attention. 
You will also notice changes in likes i.e the kinds of pages liked would be different 
This general pattern can be noticed in various ways and in various sections of a Facebook account. Here’s a few places you might notice it:
  • The feed. Scroll back through the feed to see what you can see. You might see an obvious shift in content, maybe accompanied by the spot where a new profile pic was uploaded. You might see the language used shift. Use the shortcut year selector at the top of the page, which lets you jump to a much earlier year. Many fake accounts will have been created very recently, so a short, seemingly-recently-created feed is one clue of fakeness (more on that in a second).
  • Friends list. Click on the friends list and look for an unusual number of ethnic names that conflict with what you’d expect that account to have. For example, a Texas conservative with a Friends list of almost all middle-Eastern-sounding names.
  • Groups, Likes, Check-ins, etc. Click the More… button to look at these different sections. Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom of each one, as they (at least currently) are in chronological order. So, for example, you might check out the Likes of an account (Facebook pages they’ve liked) and see recent U.S.-related Likes and then, towards the bottom, see a bunch of Macedonian-related Likes.
  • Post likes and reactions. Look at who has Liked an account’s earliest posts and pictures and see if the ethnicity of the names jibes with the current nature of the account. Note: anyone can comment on public posts so unexpected types of names on public posts isn’t a clearcut indicator; it’s just another clue.


Clue #2: Sharing of low-quality links to ad-heavy websites

Link Ads on facebook News feed


Some of the purposes while the create this fake account is to draw traffic to a low quality website and gain clicks on their ads And make money from their advertisers. This increase the rate of traffic to their website. Also to post their links in groups and invite you to like several pages 

An account that shares low-quality or fake news sites is not a sure-fire sign an account is fake; many real people share these sites. But an account that frequently shares low-quality sites can be a good initial sign of fakeness.
To see what an account has been posting publicly in groups: 1) on the Facebook search page, under ‘Posted by’, select ‘choose a source’ and enter the suspect account’s name, 2) there will probably be multiple accounts with that name, so try to find the image matching the suspect account. For many fake accounts, you’ll see that they’ve made many posts of low-quality sites to Facebook groups in specific niches.
You could write a lot about how to recognize spammy/shady websites, but a few major clues are: 1) a large amount of ads, 2) bad and awkward language use, 3) no About/Contact info, 4) no author listed or an author that, when researched online, seems fictional.
Fake requests 

Clue #3: Use of other people’s photos and names 

 In other to create a fake facebook account they need at least one photo. And as we said earlier every image can be tracked, they might not get the image from a facebook account, it might be somewhere else. In Nigeria the commonly use the names and photos of celebrities. Sometimes they totally try to imitate the account of the real person 
Some fake accounts that use this strategy may block the real person they’re imitating, so as not to be found by that person (although the network I found had apparently not blocked most of the real people). (And this strategy being used means we should all occasionally search for our names on Facebook and in search engines to make sure no one is using our name and/or likeness.)

7 clues to detect a fake facebook account
This is a typical search for a popular Nigerian actress - Regina Daniels .You can see how many fake accounts we've got there

Ways to research these things include:
  • Download or take a cropped screenshot of an account’s more distinctive personal pics and then use Google Image Search to search for those images. I’ve discovered the real people whose pics were used by fake accounts several times this way.
  • Search Facebook for that same name. Sometimes you will find several fake accounts with the same name and even the same pics.

Clue #4: Connected to other fake accounts

Some of fake accounts are connected to other fake account network, they like and react to each others post, they pretend to be best of friends in other not to cause suspicion 

When trying to find networks of fake accounts, it’s important to examine the very first publicly visible posts made by the account. For example: you scroll down to the very first public post, made only a few months ago, and it’s a profile pic upload. (You could also use the Photos tab as a shortcut.) You look at the Likes on that photo and take note of the names. Then you look at those accounts and go back to some of their initial posts and look at who Liked those; you may start to see some overlap of names. When combined with several of the other fake-account clues for even a single account, this can be a sure sign that the entire network is fake.
The dates that initial uploads happened can be a clue, too. For example: you see that a bunch of accounts that have all Liked each other photos also had their first visible content posted right around the same date, maybe even on the same day.

Clue #5:  profile details

A facebook profile 


Most Fake account creators are lazy,  they focus more or quantity rather than quality. A real owner of an account would take so much pride in editing each and every part of his or her profile. But some fake accounts profile are so brief. 
Also fake account users mostly use well known places for their fake profile 

Teacher at Lagos 
Lives in Ikeja,  Lagos
From Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria 

Considering the real accounts, it's difficult to find such collision, everything about one's life surrounded in one place. 
Sometimes they will use commonly known or popular companies or schools and these can be at odds with other details about the person.


Clue #7: Different name in URL

Some of these accounts appear to have a different name rather than the one in the account URL. This shows that the account Was used by a real person before it was hacked. 
Although many people mostly Nigerians change their real names on facebook to Nicknames. 


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