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Facebook: how to recognize a fake account and what to do if it sends you a friend request?

Did they send you a Facebook friend request and you suspect that it is a ‘fake account? Learn how to identify these fake profiles in seconds.

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It is recommended not to accept requests from these Facebook accounts. Photo: Andro4all

On Facebook, the social network created by Mark Zuckerberg, false profiles abound, because to register you only need an email, a name, a date of birth, among other data that, not necessarily, are real. Fortunately, the people behind these ‘fake’ accounts often make some classic mistakes that reveal this lie. Which are? We reveal them to you.

The reasons for creating a fake account on Facebook are diverse. In general, they are often used to make offensive comments or publications, they are also used to deceive other users with false promotions, there are even cases in which they are used to harass someone.

Is it possible to identify a fake Facebook profile?

According to El País, fake Facebook profiles are easy to recognize, you only need to examine the following elements of your account.

1. Photography

Usually, a fake account uses a photograph taken from the internet. For that reason, experts recommend doing a reverse search on Google to find out who the profile picture of that user really belongs to.

2. Age

If the suspicious Facebook account was created recently (and also does not have much interaction), it is most likely a fake profile.

3 friends

These types of accounts generally do not have anyone on their friend’s list. In case you have them, they are very few since they were possibly added at random to try to disguise them.

What to do if a fake Facebook account was added to you?

If you received a friend request from an unknown person and you suspect that it is a fake account, it is advisable not to accept the invitation. In addition, you can block the profile or report it to Facebook so that they can review it and can unsubscribe it.

Facebook tricks

How to know who did not accept your friend request?

In the web version of Facebook, on the left side of your screen, you will find a list of functions where you will find a button that says “See more”, to display the other functions offered by the social network.

Here you will find the friendship section, which is represented by the icon of two busts of people that are blue and turquoise. The first thing you should do is click on this emoji.

How to know if an intruder has accessed our Facebook account?

First, we must log in with our account in the Web version of Facebook, then we access the ‘ Settings ‘ section, in the drop-down menu at the top right and there click on ‘Security and login’. Within this option at the top, we will see a section called ‘Where have you logged in’. This is what we are looking for.

In this section, we can find out where and from what device we have recently logged into Facebook. It is a way to control if someone has been able to connect to our account. For example, we can see that a session has been logged from a device that we do not know or even from another place. It also indicates the login date.

What does TBT mean that is used on Facebook and other social networks?

TBT is an acronym or acronym in English that means ‘Throwback Thursday’ and that in its translation into Spanish can be understood as ‘Thursday of retrogression’, ‘Thursday of going back to the past’ or ‘Thursday of yesteryear’. Its use quickly became popular thanks to social networks such as Facebook and Instagram.

Despite the fact that Facebook users do not use ‘proper’ #TBT, this tag was designed to be used on a specific day: Thursdays, which is usually accompanied by photographs taken many years ago or situations that marked our life.

How to activate the dark mode of Facebook?

Enter Facebook and go to the Settings section. This is in the three bars that are at the top of the app if you have Android. In the case of the iPhone, they are at the bottom of your screen.

Once there, several boxes will appear and if you go down you will see the option: ” Your time on Facebook “, where you can view the ” Dark Mode ” or “dark mode” tab. Select “Dark Mode” and another window will appear where it will say if you want to use Facebook’s light or dark mode.

Facebook: how to know who did not accept your friend request?

In the web version of Facebook, on the left side of your screen, you will find a list of functions where you will find a button that says “See more”, to display the other functions offered by the social network.

Here you will find the friendship section, which is represented by the icon of two busts of people that are blue and turquoise. The first thing you should do is click on this emoji.

Do you want to change the ‘font’ of Facebook and surprise your friends?

Facebook users got a big surprise after learning that there is a ‘ trick ‘ to change the ‘ font ‘ of their posts and comments. To achieve this, it is not necessary to install any strange program, just follow a few simple instructions.

It is worth clarifying that this trick only works with those people who use Facebook on a computer. If you are using the social network from an Android or iPhone, you can also do it, but it will be a bit more complicated.

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Written by Christina d'souza

Proofreader, editor, journalist. I have been doing my favourite thing for more than six years.

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