Recently, over 583 million fake Facebook accounts were shut down. It is said that said fake profiles still make up 3-4 percent of all active accounts. So don’t be surprised when you suddenly see President Buhari or the governor of your state asking you for recharge card via Facebook messenger.
Unfortunately, Facebook has a major issue with spam. There are so many fake Facebook accounts and it is just ridiculous. People use these accounts for fake likes, fake comments and even for 419 purposes. But what is really interesting, is that the issue perpetuates itself. Someone who creates a fake account to like pages or leave comments, actually has to like a variety of items, leave a variety of comments and interact with a range of people, otherwise the account will be deleted by Facebook.
Here is how to spot a fake Facebook account.
Profile Photo: One of the easiest ways to determine that a Facebook account is fake is by checking the photo, fake accounts often use a profile photo that they’ve downloaded from somewhere else. Do a Google image search and don’t be surprised by what you find.
Number of Friends: How many of your real Facebook friends truly have thousands of friends on Facebook ? Chances are, not too many. On the other hand, if the account only has a few friends or zero, that is also a sign.
Mutual Friends: It’s it’s a red flag if you receive a friend request from someone you do not know or share mutual friends with. Sometimes, people will send Facebook friend requests to people that they share mutual friends with, even if they don’t know the user personally. It’s up to you to accept or not. However I do not suggest accepting a friend request from somebody you don’t know or somebody who shares no mutual friends with you.
Unrealistic Biography: When you click on somebody’s Facebook profile and the information there seems fishy, it’s a sign that the account is a fake. For example, if somebody claims to have been born in United States , but went to school in Abeokuta, and now works for a company in India, then you have a good reason to suspect that account.