How To Spot A Fake Facebook Profile

By | February 3, 2012

Source: Dark Reading

by Kelly Jackson Higgins

Another interesting article on securing your Facebook profile and on how to detect and avoid social networking scammers. I try to make available every single piece of good information concerning hardening your profile and reduce your exposure to abuse on Facebook so take advantage of it and protect yourself.

In this article “Turns out there are some common characteristics of the fake Friend, according to new data revealed today by Barracuda Networks. For one thing, it’s likely a female: Some 97 percent of fakes pose as women, while about 40 percent of real Facebook accounts are women, said Paul Judge, chief research officer at Barracuda, here today at the Kaspersky Lab Security Analyst Summit.

“Fake users can take over your account, spam your wall and feeds,” Judge said. Many of these profiles are automatically generated, aimed at making money off of affiliate campaigns or spam-related scams: They spread phony ad campaigns for free gift cards from Starbucks or other trusted brands, he said.”

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