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Beware of Facebook Fakes!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Have you recently received a friend request from a duplicate account? Or maybe discovered that someone has been posing as you on Facebook? You're not alone. 
Read on to learn how you can protect your page!

#1. 
The Scam
The way it works is relatively simple. Cybercrooks swipe a photo of you (usually your profile picture), copy any general information you've made public (i.e., birth date, location, career, etc.), and then utilize it to create a fake account and begin reaching out to all of your friends and family. Anyone who accepts a request from one of these falsified accounts immediately compromises their security. 

#2. Spotting a Fake
So, how do you weed out the phonies? Experts suggest asking yourself the following three questions to determine what's real versus fake.
  1. Are they a duplicate? The quickest way to determine whether or not an account is fake is to search through your list of friends to see if someone with the same name already exists. 
     
  2. What do their photo albums look like? If you notice that their photo albums are pretty bare, aside from the profile picture, you've spotted a fake! 
     
  3. Do we have mutual friends? Click on their friends list and peruse through to see how many they have and if you recognize any. If you don't recognize any familiar faces, odds are it's a scammer.
#3. How to Protect Yourself
Lucky for you, we've got a few solutions! 
  1. Never accept a friend request that you deem suspicious. Send shady accounts straight to the trash and then report them. 
     
  2. If you're unsure, ask! If you think an account may be fake, shoot that person a text or e-mail asking whether or not it's legit. 
     
  3. Check and update your privacy settings on Facebook. Make sure you know who can see your profile and posts. 
     
  4. If you do spot a fake, block it, report it, and warn your friends!  
     
  5. Never click on any links you get in an unverified message and always avoid interaction with anyone who send you a chat request out of the blue, even if he or she looks like someone you know. 
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