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A nice little test would of cource be to test whether any fake Facebook profiles use your profile image? Using the test above it is pretty easy to. Scammers typically create fake online profiles designed to lure you in. They may also ask you to send pictures or videos of yourself, possibly of an intimate nature. Their profile on the internet dating website or their Facebook page is not. Users trying how she chooses profile examples of the list when it to a fake facebook account comes an online dating profile. Your details for online scams are?.
A more relevant sign is the number of tags used in a photo. As a rough average, most users use tags, but a fake one will add tens or even hundreds of tags, in order to reach as many users as possible in those tag channels. Source Next, look at the photos they have. If you want to be sure, you can do a reverse image search to see if those profile pictures are fake. To do this, simply go to www.
Next, simply download one or more photos from the suspicious profile, and then drag and drop the image into Google Image search. Google will analyze the contents of the photo, and then come up with a list of results.
Depending on your luck, you may just find out the real person behind that photo. Chances are those friendships are fake, and the scammer just randomly sent friend requests to anyone willing to accept. Is that a fake Facebook page?
This means that Facebook itself has made sure that those are indeed the real pages for those brands.
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How many of these do you think are genuine? Chances are that none of them are. These cloned pages of big brands will redirect any visitor using either a phishing link or sell them counterfeit products or just scam them of their money. Next, you should look at the number of likes a page has, as well as its engagement, meaning how many people interact with its posts. They might even have obtained fake likes for that page. You can use this feature to compare the address listed in the suspicious Facebook page with the legitimate ones in the store finder.
If the suspicious page is for a smaller company, do some research using Google. Look for reviews, addresses, phone numbers and user comments.
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Call them if you want to be sure the company is real. How to spot a fake Twitter account Just like Facebook, Twitter also has a verified account feature which helps you spot the real account in a sea of cloned or fake ones. Accounts with only professional photos and bios filled with grammar mistakes are probably bot accounts used to send spam messages with phishing links or other nasty content.
If an account barely posts anything, yet it has thousands of followers, then chances are the follower count was inflated using blackhat methods such as botting. That big follower base might act as social proof to impress a user into clicking a malicious link or purchase a fake product or service. Finding fake LinkedIn profiles LinkedIn is a more secure social network than Facebook or Twitter, but fake profiles do exist, and you might just stumble across one from time to time.
But many scammers go for typical stock photos which are easily recognizable, with their big smiles, perfect exposure, and pearly white teeth. We all know the basic rules about keeping photos and posts private and carefully vetting friend requests. But things can get complicated. I met the real Alexandre Martinez on Facebook over the summer. He lives in France and has short dark hair and chiseled features. Those features are now highly recognizable in Bulgaria, where Alexandre, better known as Alexander Nikolov, became an unwitting celebrity.
Why Twitter banned the bot that unmasked neo-Nazis. Neo-Nazis Alexandre fell victim to an incredibly intricate case of identity theft. His name, photographs and personal information were used to create a multitude of fake social media accounts.
This continued for over five years when a Bulgarian man was jailed for using the fabricated identity to scam people.
Not long after that, the fake Facebook profile, gleaming with Martinez's photos, was taken over by Bulgarian authorities, who announced it by putting a logo on the profile picture and a banner on the cover image.
It read, "This profile has been taken over by the Division for Organised Crime for its criminal use, in accordance with the Criminal Code of the Republic of Bulgaria. The account has since been taken offline. A screenshot of Alexander Nikolov's Facebook page. The cover photo reads, "This profile has been taken over by the Division for Organised Crime for its criminal use, in accordance with the Criminal Code of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Screenshot by Mashable More than two dozen people I spoke with had willingly given large sums of money and shared personal details between with a man they were convinced was real. They had been interacting with his statuses and his pictures for years. They felt like they knew Alexander Nikolov. I, too, had been friends with that fake account for years, interacting with someone hiding behind a social media mask all along. Meanwhile, fake Alex had established himself as a social media star in his own right, garnering a sizable online following, including journalists, politicians and public figures.
Over time, this helped him pen countless articles in various news outlets. And yet, no one in Bulgaria had ever seen this man in real life.
I can't believe my photos were used to scam people," Martinez said. Alexander Nikolov — the social media chameleon Image: GiF by mashable The tale of Alexandre Martinez shines a different light into the increasingly familiar story about the infiltration of fake accounts, or bots, on social media networks to be used as political weapons or tools for profit.
This is about the dangers of real people creating fake accounts and about the ease with which fake accounts can accrue an incredibly authentic digital footprint that can be used to deceive, scam and harm people.
And, whereas bots are increasingly easy to spot, these fake accounts were so well crafted and detailed, there was virtually no way to recognise, flag, or track them.
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Until the man allegedly behind it all got caught. For a long time, his authenticity was unquestionable. Then it all came crumbling down. Being Alexander Nikolov In the business of identity theft Image: I wanted to find out how hard it would be to track down both the perpetrator and the victim. I also wanted to see how much support social media platforms offer in cases of stolen identity.
The man allegedly behind the fake Alex accounts is called Spas Vasilev. His online existence can be traced back to Twitter where he used the handle tourbg.
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Some of his first tweets are from Ina Facebook profile popped up with the name Alexander Nikolov. From there, his social media accounts skyrocketed in popularity in Bulgaria, according to multiple people who first followed him on Twitter and then befriended him on Facebook.
In the years that followed, Vasilev would download pictures that Alexandre Martinez was posting on his private social media accounts, patiently concocting a glamorous new life for fake Alex and his engaged audience in Bulgaria. In this life, fake Alex was landing top jobs at multinational corporations and consultancy firms — most notably Airbus.
He lived in Paris and New York with his wife and kids, who were also fictitious. As he tagged fake Alex's travels across the world on Facebook, Vasilev was living a solitary and secluded life in Bulgaria.
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Fake Alex's photos were a mixture of stolen pictures from Martinez travels and photos from the internet. Screenshot by mashable Image from Air France's maiden Boeing flight. Caption reads, "Family status: Screenshot by Mashable Vasilev's story involves money, too. Vasilev, under the false pretense of being a rich and successful manager with connections in various airlines, allegedly began offering discounted flights to dozens of people through Facebook.
Many people trusted him, dozens more I spoke with even secured flights. One person flew to Bulgaria, then to San Francisco with tickets purchased via fake Alex. The tickets were real, albeit last-minute. But on his third attempt — two tickets to New York — the fake Alex accounts went silent. There was no flight to New York. For years, it seemed to be working perfectly. Then I was invited to a secret Facebook group, made up of dozens of people 73 at the time of writingwho claim to have fallen victim to Vasilev's schemes.
I was added by a friend, who had shared sensitive personal information with Vasilev. She had come to know the fake Alex Facebook account through me.