If you get a Facebook friend request from someone you’re already friends with, chances are it’s a scammer. The problem is not new, but it isn’t going away.
Here’s how it works:
A nefarious individual re-creates a person’s Facebook profile using their profile photo, pictures and “About” information.
Then, the scammer sends “friend requests” to all of the targeted person’s Facebook friends.
Experts warn that someone could learn a lot about you by gaining access to all that’s on your profile, like your status updates, location, date of birth and photos.
They can also send messages to your friends, posing as you, in an effort to learn more about you, ask to borrow money or try to meet up with your friends.
They will say things like, “Oh, I’m out of town or in another country, and I lost my wallet, Can you send me some money?”
If you get a friend request from an existing “friend,” verify that the request is genuine before accepting it. And of course, be very wary of friend requests from people you don’t know.
Furthermore, it’s a good idea to tighten your security settings so that only your Facebook friends can view your profile, photos and other info, also hiding your friends list is also a good idea that can help prevent this type of scam.
Here’s how to report a fake account or a suspected scammer to Facebook.
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