I accepted a friend request

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If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen this happen. You suddenly get a friover request from someone you’ve sầu already been friends with for a long time. What’s the best thing to lớn vày in this situation?

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First off, I want lớn say up front that when this happens, it is not a “hack”. I put that phrase in the title of this blog post and in the graphic above mainly so that people would have an idea of what I’m talking about. That’s because whenever I see this happen on Facebook, the thing that happens most is that other friends will post a message on the victim’s Facebook profile: “I just got a friend request from you. Your Facebook has been hacked!” And of course that is followed up by all the well-meaning but misguided suggestions that the person should immediately change their passwords and kiểm tra for viruses.

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In reality, no Facebook trương mục has been hacked or compromised at all. All that has happened is that a scammer decided khổng lồ create a new Facebook tài khoản using your friend’s name and your friend’s profile picture. That way, at first glance, it does actually look like your friend’s Facebook profile.

Then the next step for the scammer is to lớn sover out friover requests from the giả profile to all of the people that are actual Facebook friends with that person already. The scammer knows that a bunch of people will know immediately that it’s kém chất lượng. But he also knows that there will be some people that say “Hmm, a friover request from Bob. I thought I was already friends with hlặng. Oh well, *ACCEPT*” There might be only 5% or 10% that just automatically accept the kém chất lượng frikết thúc request. But if someone has 500 friends, that’s 25 khổng lồ 50 people that get suckered in. These are the people that typically clichồng on just about anything. We all know people lượt thích this.

So what’s the end game here for the scammer? What bởi vì they hope khổng lồ achieve sầu by tricking all these people inlớn becoming friends with a giả profile? There are actually a lot of different strategies here. The key element here, however, is trust. If the “Nhái Bob” account sends these people a direct message, as far as they’re concerned, they are communicating with the ACTUAL Bob. So maybe Fake Bob tells all his “friends” about this great website where you can get new iPads for $10 (scam) or maybe he pleads for his “friends” to lớn wire money for a short term emergency loan (also a scam). The point is, the “friend” is more likely khổng lồ go along with it since there is already some trust between the two people on Facebook, and maybe even in real life.

Usually when I get a nhái friend request, I go lớn the giả protệp tin khổng lồ see who has already fallen for it & just accepted the friover request without checking it out. Usually there are a few people already listed there as “friends”. This is the proof that it’s really easy to lớn trichồng people on Facebook. Almost effortless.

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So what should you vị when you see this happen? Obviously you don’t want to lớn just join the crowd và post on your friend’s protệp tin “Hey, your Facebook got hacked!” since that does no one any good. Fortunately, Facebook has created a pretty simple process that allows you khổng lồ report the problem, have Facebook kiểm tra it, & get the giả protệp tin taken down very quickly.

Here’s how lớn handle a giả Facebook friend request:

1. Go to lớn the giả frikết thúc request, và clichồng on the name:

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2. This takes you to the giả profile page (the profile created by the scammer). Cliông chồng the 3 dots, và in the drop-down thực đơn, choose “Report”:

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3. This will bring up the beginning of a multi-part form that allows you to tell Facebook what’s going on so that they can check it out. First thing khổng lồ kiểm tra is “Report this profile”:

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4. Next window, check “They’re pretending to be me or someone I know”:

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5. Next window, kiểm tra “Someone I know”:

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6. Next window, clichồng on “Submit to Facebook for review”:

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7. Facebook will then ask you to tell them which friend’s protệp tin is being faked. You can start typing in the name and then just choose from the option listed:

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8. At this point you’re pretty much done. The next screen will give sầu you a few other options but really all you have sầu khổng lồ do is clichồng “Done”:

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That’s just automated but at least it confirms that they received your submission.

And that’s really all you need khổng lồ bởi. Facebook will kiểm tra it out (& it’s possible that other friends have sầu reported the same kém chất lượng profile). What usually surprises me now is how quickly Facebook deletes the kém chất lượng protệp tin page. I usually go back lớn the nhái profile & check on it every so often (and I usually see new friends being added each time). Sometimes I’ve sầu seen a giả protệp tin removed within just a few minutes of reporting it. Sometimes it takes longer but I don’t think I’ve sầu ever seen it take more than an hour. Facebook has this process pretty much automated on their end and they are very serious about getting these scammers taken down.

Does this stop the scammers? No. They know the kém chất lượng profile will be taken down eventually. They’re just hoping it stays up long enough to lớn get a scam going. And in reality, they most likely have sầu software that just creates hundreds or thousands of these kém chất lượng accounts around the clochồng. But at least you did your part khổng lồ help your frikết thúc out and get the nhái account deleted quickly.

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Should you notify your friend that this has happened? It’s up to you. I usually don’t bother with it. In many cases the kém chất lượng protệp tin is removed before the friover (or any of their friends) even knew what was happening, so there’s really no point getting people agitated about something they really don’t need khổng lồ be concerned over.


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