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These days we all get so many friend requests, but there is no way to identify if the account is fake or a real person. So don’t worry we are going to tell you simple method to detect fake Facebook account.

How To Identify Fake Facebook Accounts?

So this is a Facebook account which named by Sarikha Agarwal. Now we need to verify if this account is real or fake, so our first step is going to the URL images.google.com and click on camera image.

So when you click on search by image you will get popup like below image.

Now go to the the requester’s profile, right click on image and click on copy image URL

Now the profile picture URL has been copied.. now again go to images.google.com Tab and paste image URL.

When you enter then you will see related images search…

Now you can better see if the profile is real or fake and as you can see the image in this case is fake. Hope this helps.

 

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The bigger and popular sites with the huge number of visitors are like hackers’ wonderland for posting scams. Especially the users on social media websites are prone to such scams that further convert to dangerous cyber attacks. Facebook has about 1.4 billion users making it potentially the most active social media site for the hackers.

These are some of the common Facebook scams that you might fall for if you haven’t already:

5) Viral Videos/ Scandals

The word “Viral” itself has become viral which makes you yearn and see the content inside. It could be anything ranging from cute puppy videos to horrendous torture videos by terrorists. More popular in these viral videos are salacious celebrity scandals which generally contain no video at all- but a link to another phishing website or require to install an update or a plugin. Once you do that, the virus is automatically installed in your system. And you know what happens next..

You will never get adult videos on any social media website, so if you happen to scroll through one on your home page, then it is definitely a Facebook scam.

4) Free Giveaways/Survey Scams

Nothing is free in this world my friend. Especially free travel tickets, and definitely not iPhones, iPads or Mac. The social media are full of such spam offers that sound too good to be true, and coaxes you as if you are the world’s luckiest person.

There are also survey scams that trick you into giving your personal information in exchange of gift vouchers or free trips. Do not fall for these Facebook scams and never forward them to your contacts either, else you would end up spamming your friends too.

3) Facebook Customization

If any link on your home page claims to change the layout, color or give you a special “Dislike Button” give any special functionality, then it is probably another Facebook scam. You can’t just change the official interface of the world’s biggest social media website by clicking a few phishing links.

These scams will either ask you to install their specific Facebook app or ask to fill a desirability form of what changes you want. Once in, they will get full access to your data or through phishing forms spread malware into your system.

If Facebook would some day want to give you customization features, then they make a grand announcement, not any hidden link. So, be alert and avoid yourself from such Facebook scams.

2) Celebrity Friend Requests/Charity

This might not happen as frequently as others but when someone falls for this Facebook scam, it hits him/her very hard. You come by a friend request of a celebrity or from so-called official  page. Then they will ask you to donate some money for the poor or the disaster struck people.

Either they will ask your credentials or directly tell you to donate through online payment services. Never trust such messages to stay safe on Facebook.

1) Who Viewed My Profile?

This is the biggest and most pervasive Facebook scam ever. Facebook has made it pretty clear that there is no way any app can tell who has visited your profile and how many times. Any link or app that claims to do so is a scam.

In these scams, you will have to give in your information and accept their terms and conditions. This scam play with the emotions of the users as most of us want to know if their secret crush or an ex-partner visits them online.

The application does tell who viewed your profile based on an algorithm, but till then you are already been infected by the app and under attack.

So, avoid all these malicious and fraudulent apps and links to be safe on the social media. With this, we end the list of biggest Facebook scams.

We will let you know if come by any more of such scams. You can also tell us, and our fossBytes community, if you happen to know some other scams.

 

facebookTVAmerican singer and actress Taylor Swift has lost her scam mojo, as her fake sex tape spreading on Facebook was excluded from the top ten most successful scams, according to Bitdefender. An analysis revealed the celebrity is no longer as popular as last year, when bogus videos of her managed to spread malware on the social network.

Millions of users fall for Facebook scams every year and while Taylor Swift no longer features in the top 10, Rihanna continues to be the most tempting celebrity used as a hook for malware delivery via social media.

A free trip to Disneyland was also excluded from the list, while “guess who viewed your profile” scams keep a steady first place in the panel, comprising almost one third of the total. “Change your Facebook color” schemes now circulate internationally and claim 7.38 per cent of the total number of scams.

“Why do people still want to see who has been taking a peek at their profile, despite all security warnings? I think they believe these are legitimate apps,” states Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Strategist at Bitdefender. “This is social engineering at its finest – a challenging mental game that pushes the right psychological buttons. The baits have changed over time, with stalkers, peekers, admirers, overly attached girlfriends and exes haunting you, but the reason this scam works is simple: human nature.”

The past couple of years have seen a proliferation of Facebook scams to parallel the social networking platform’s growth. Here are the ten most widespread in a list that also shows their proportions and targeted countries.want-to-see-who-views-your-facbeook-profile-420x500

The top 10 Facebook scams are:

1. Total profile views/visitors (Check out now who viewed your profile) – 30.20% (UK/US, Australia).
2. Change your Facebook Color/Colour – 7.38% (UK/US, Australia).
3. Rihanna sex tape with her boyfriend – 4.76% (UK/US, Australia).
4. Check my status update to get free Facebook T-shirt from Facebook – 4.21% (UK/US, Australia).
5. Say goodbye to Blue Facebook (Dites Aurevoir au Facebok BLEU) – 2.76% (France).
6. Unsealed. We are giving them away for free – 2.41% (UK/US, Australia).
7. Check if a friend has deleted you – 2.27% (UK/US, Australia).
8. See your top 10 profile peekers here! – 1.74% (UK/US, Australia).
9. Find out how to see who viewed your profile – 1.55% (Spanish-speaking countries).
10. Just changed my Facebook theme. It’s amazing – 1.50% (UK/US, Australia).

Bitdefender research also shows an increasing amount of viral video scams abusing Facebook’s like and share options. In the last year, fraudulent websites that use likejacking and YouTube have spread not only in English, but also in German, Chinese, and Italian.