Be Careful of Facebook Friend Requests
Over the past while there have been a lot of people getting scammed because of accepting Friend Requests on Facebook from people they don’t know. But the good news is that there are ways to ensure that you won’t be one of those unfortunate people.
I receive at least two Friend Requests per day and often it’s from models (now I’m not saying that they find my Facebook profile picture attractive) but these scammers use female models to attract men and they use male models to attract women.
But how are they using these Friend Requests to scam people I hear you ask? Well some of the “Female Models” are asking for photos and because they have access to your friend list they will insist on a financial payout so as to stop them from posting your photos on your friends’ pages. There have been cases where men have made substantial payouts to ensure that photos are not shared and stay hidden from their wives and girlfriends.
So the lesson here is not to send any photos that are incriminating in any way or form. You have to use your common sense! Let’s face it what stranger wants naked photos of you? The people who send out these “Friend Requests” are called “Catfishers” (A catfisher is an individual who uses the Internet, and in particular, online dating websites to lure people into a scam romance. The general goal of a catfisher is financial gain by developing an online relationship with another person and ultimately asking for money) and often send out multiple requests in the hope of catching one poor soul looking for love or a relationship.
The second thing to be careful off is messages can be sent with links that are often malware (software which is specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain authorized access to a computer system.) If your “New Friend” sends you a link do not click it on because you could be giving them access to not only your photos or documents but also to your credit card details if you pay your bills on line.
Remember that it’s easy to create a false profile and ex girlfriends/boyfriends, ex wives/husbands and even private detectives can create a profile as send you a Friend Request but it can also be your girlfriends/boyfriends, wives and husbands just testing you to see what you are up to!
It can also happen that these “New Friends” will copy your information and create a profile (Clone) and send new “Friend Requests” to everyone on your friends list. If you are already friends with a person and you get a new “Friend Request” check first to see if you are still friends with this person and contact them to let them know that their Facebook page has been cloned and report the offending “Friend Request”! Don’t forget to block the requester.
- So how do I recognise a fake Friend Request?
- Check to see if actually know the person.
- Check how many friends they have?
- How often are the active on Facebook (if they only have one or two posts that’s a dead giveaway.)
- Have you got friends in common? You can always message them to see if they actually know the person.
- Is the request from a beautiful woman/man?
If you ask yourself these simple questions then you will more than likely not accept their Friend Request and you will stay safe!
Remember Social Media is there to be enjoyed and it’s a brilliant way for people to stay in contact with friends and family but there are people out there who want to take advantage of you to be careful
Always remember that “if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is”!