Social networking spam is spam directed specifically at users of internet social networking services such as Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or MySpace. Experts estimate that as many as 40% of social network accounts are used for spam.
Spamming, has been with us since the birth of Internet. It started with Email spamming and the introduction of Social media has made matters worse, As people can use Pages and Groups to send bulk messages to fans/members. We all can attest to the fact that one way or the other, we have been a victim of spam messages in our Facebook inbox. With beautiful pictures telling you that, they saw your Profile somewhere on the internet.. #smh. So how do you tell if this Friend request/message is from a Spammer – on Social Media. ..All names in this post are not real.
First of all the message they send into your inbox: Usually, a message spam goes like the one below:
How are you! hope you are fine and in perfect condition of health over there, My name is Kristy and I went through your profile and i read it and took interest in it,if you don’t mind i will like you to write me back on this ID:( kristynechwa at hotmail dot com) hope to hear from you soon, I will be waiting for your mail because i have something VERY important to tell you.
kristynechwa at hotmail dot com
Lots of Kristy.
First of all, you are not the only one that kristy have found interest on Facebook. She probably has sent this same message to countless people. Simple copy and paste will do the trick. Secondly, in her message, she said; “Contact me on kristynechwa at hotmail” who does, that? You send someone a message then tell him to contact you somewhere since you don’t check messages here. Then why did you send him message through Facebook in the first place. Also, look out for emails as name(at)emailservice.com. They always don’t write the “@” symbol. Still don’t know why.
So, now that you know a typical scam message, let’s take time and analyse the Profile page of a Scammer.
First of all, their profile pictures are always the beautiful, not to talk of sexy. Yes, of course they have to use beautiful pictures for you to be enticed. In relations to their uploaded photos, they always have the most shares. Question: Do your friends share your photos that a lot?. Photo shared on Facebook are probably ones that call for the action of sharing. With spammers, whenever their photos are shared that much, it means their network of spammers are sharing it, yes; they are networked.
Their About on Facebook are always not complete. Word of caution, if you have an uncompleted About Section, people might think of you as a spammer by the way. Also, they may have a female picture as the profile picture, but when it comes to their gender section, it will state as Male. They are dumb too with a lot of grammatical errors.
Facebook was created to connect with people in your life. Connection with these people includes the sharing of photos. You know, those Long Vac photos, Little Akwasi’s birthday and video of his first step… But No. Not for Spammers, all they need is a beautiful profile picture and they are done. That is “connection” to them. At the photos, we have albums which are empty. Just empty. Not to talk of videos. In conclusion, that person is not real.
The easiest way to detect a friend request is from is spam is to look through their friends. One thing you will notice is that, you don’t have any mutual friends! You don’t have mutual friends, haven’t met this lady in real person, then why the hell did you send me a friend request? As always, if it looks too good to be true, then it probably not true.
In a nutshell, if it looks too good to be true, then it is not true. That’s the best quote to prevent you from Spam. Remember, they are all around us. Have you experienced Facebook Spam before? Let us know how you treated it.
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