7 Ways to Know That You Have Friended a Spammer on Facebook

I occasionally get friend requests on Facebook from what, to me, appear to be obvious spammers. But, then I notice that the spammer has a few mutual friends (nearly always male friends of mine), so I give the account a second look only to realize that the account is definitely a spammer, and my friends have been duped.

With that in mind, here are a few tips to avoid friending spammers on Facebook:

1. You don’t recognize her by name or photo.

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2. She’s relatively young, yet only has 16 friends on Facebook:

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3. She only has one photo on Facebook:

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4. And it looks like this:

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5. And it’s received no comments or likes:

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6. She was born in 1982 . . .

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. . . but only recently joined Facebook:

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7. She has no interest in music, movies, or TV shows:

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While it’s certainly possible that a 31-year old could have recently joined Facebook, posted a cleavage shot of herself, then started friending guys around the world for non-spammy reasons, you may want to give friend requests like this a second look before accepting them.

If you’ve read this far and are still not convinced that your new Facebook friend is a fake, would it burst your bubble to find out that “she” created a different profile using the same photo but a different name last month?

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If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

3 thoughts on “7 Ways to Know That You Have Friended a Spammer on Facebook”

  1. I manage a group on Facebook. Spammers regularly send requests to join. So before accepting requests, I check to see how many friends and photos they have (usually almost none) vs. how many groups they’re a member of (always over 100). Some have cleavage shots as well.

    It’s amusing how different the profile of a real person looks, and how easy it is to tell the difference.

  2. It could also be a guy setting up an account so they can look at Lulu scores of themselves and other guys they know.

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