Have you received a friend request on Facebook from a hot girl you don’t recognize? You say what the heck, I don’t know her, but she’s hot, so yeah I’ll be your friend. Bad move! Take a look at the profile below, see anything strange?
Maybe you received a friend request from someone you don’t recognize with a lot of mutual friends. So you accept the request thinking, well I probably met this person at some point. Wrong again.
Facebook spammers are now creating fake user profiles to amass a large number of “friends” they can then sell to unsuspecting businesses. These businesses may have seen an ad similar to this one:
Soon after you accept requests from these fake users, you start getting invitations to join Facebook fan pages. This is how spammers create artificial word of mouth marketing.
Worse yet, now these spammers have access to personal information you’ve marked as viewable by friends only. This includes two very important pieces of information, your birthdate and location. This can possibly lead to identity theft!
What Can You Do?
- Avoid friending anyone you don’t recognize. Hot girls aren’t the only threat, it could be a hot guy, or a normal looking person.
- Ask a real friend. If you get a friend request from someone with mutual friends, send your real friends a message and ask them about this person you don’t recognize. If several of your real friends tell you they don’t actually know this person, stay away!
- Look through your current friend list. Remove anyone you don’t recognize, especially if they’re constantly inviting you to join Facebook pages.
- Spread the word. Spammers get away with this because most people aren’t aware of these threats. So tell your friends.
Have you seen any other suspicious Facebook activity? Let us know.