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Has anyone pretended to be your friend on FB to tell you that won money?

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No.  I'm only antisocially networked.  Never had an account with anything other than LinkedIn or YouVersion that has social networking features, and I don't post anything to them.  This forum is literally all that I care to post anything about after dinking with other people's computer problems all day.


--- Quote from: GaryV on September 28, 2022, 10:14:00 AM ---
--- Quote from: Rothman on September 28, 2022, 08:54:13 AM ---Some days, I live for InCorrect's posts.

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Some day, I hope to understand them.

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I canít tell if heís 17 or 71.

J N Winkler:
In regard to the OP, I don't think I've ever received a friend request in connection with a cash-based scam.

--- Quote from: NWI_Irish96 on September 27, 2022, 10:57:29 AM ---I get two kinds of fake friend requests on FB:

One is a very new account from what purports to be a very attractive woman in her 20s, wearing skimpy attire. Pretty clearly no such woman is interested in me, so I just delete these.
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I get these every so often and respond by reporting and blocking.  They're about as appealing as "Wanna have a good time?" shouted from the curb.

--- Quote from: NWI_Irish96 on September 27, 2022, 10:57:29 AM ---The second is also a very new account that is spoofing an actual friend of mine, usually using the actual person's profile pic as their own. I report those and delete them.
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I see these every so often and usually find an indication action has already been taken, e.g. a post on the real profile along the lines of "I've been hacked; any friend requests you get are not actually from me."  I actively don't want to be up-to-date enough on Facebook that I see a fake profile before anyone else does, in case I inadvertently report the real profile and knock it offline for a period of time.

--- Quote from: hbelkins on September 28, 2022, 12:46:11 PM ---Most of those who are spoofed/cloned have a couple of things in common: Most of their posts are set to "Public," meaning anyone can view them; and their friends list is also viewable by everyone. Most of my posts are limited not only to friends, but to some subsets of friends (I use friend lists and also have a pretty robust "restricted" list, the members of which cannot see any of my posts although they remain friends). I've never been spoofed on Facebook, although someone did start up a fake Instagram account in my name not long after FB took over IG. (I don't do Instagram.)
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I don't think I have ever been spoofed.  I now hardly post anything on Facebook (most of my activity consists of comments on other people's posts), but back when I was still posting reasonably frequently, I rarely set a post to be publicly viewable.  I've considered curating friends lists and realized I don't want to invest the time--in general, I feel that the easier it is to walk away from the orange-haired guy's plantation, the happier I will be.

Though I have accounts on Twitter and Instagram, my recent activity on both has been essentially nil.  I'm not looking to toil on those farms either.

The thing is the first scam artist I encountered was friends with people that I am friends with.

I've had the same thing happen to me too, so I'm decreasing my social media usage as a whole as a precaution.


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