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8 Ways to spot fake online profiles

When it comes to any kind of social networking website, a real person always takes the time to fill out their online profile. Even if they were to put it off the first day they joined, a real person would go back later to fill out any information they have missed. If you add that attractive girl or guy, keep this in mind before you actually befriend them.

You can tell a lot about a person's existence by the friends they have on the popular social media website Facebook. In fact, according to Nev Schulman, creator and host of the Catfish television series you can as he suggests that this is a major sign of a fake online dating profile.

 It seems that most people who are representing fake identities always choose the modeling occupation. Even if Instagram is their modeling agency, it is important to always question someone who claims to be a model especially if you haven't seen them in anything.

As one of the most evident ways to determine a factual identity, it is key to look at all of the pictures. Do you notice that they have more pictures of their body than their face? If you look at their face, do you notice that the face and hair look different in practically all of their pictures? If so, they are fake.

If they represent themselves using just one picture more than likely they are not who they say they are. According to several sources that choose to use one picture this does not always mean a person is a fraud. However; in most cases they are.

When it comes to misrepresenting an innocent third party, most fake profiles will possess libelous hate that is so over-the-top, it is destined to be fake. The next time to discover a profile of the sort, it is important to take the proper action and report it.

If you are talking to your dream girl and/or dream guy and you notice that they have an URL in their profile that links to an adult related website more than likely they are not the person they say they are.

One of the biggest signs to determine whether someone is fake or real has a lot to do with their overall character. If one of their goals is to create drama for no reason more than likely they are misrepresenting the individual in the pictures and are highly fake, as a result.


[Online Video] How to detect a Catfish


9 Tips for detecting a Catfish

1. The perfect person is not a real person. A supermodel or retouched profile photo should raise the first red flag.

2. Be wary if the profile describes a personality that complements your own or is too good to be true. Often, imposters will create interests and activities that mirror your own in order to start a conversation.

3. Check how many friends and followers are listed in the person's network. The average Facebook user has 130 friends. An imposter will often have significantly fewer.

4. Determine whether any of your "mutual friends" have actually met your newest online acquaintance in person.

5. Use search engines to do a quick background check on the name and basic information used in a profile. If the profile claims the person attended Oxford, currently works as a CEO at an international company or runs marathons, you should be able to find mentions of these achievements on alumni, company or running sites, respectively. Schulman admitted that Googling Megan earlier in their relationship could have saved him a great deal of embarrassment and heartbreak.

6. Peruse posted pictures and albums carefully. A real person will often have pictures with friends and family, who will have tagged and commented on photos. By contrast, imposters will often use modeling photos featuring only glamorous shots of the individual rather than group photos.

7. Don't be tricked if your friend has multiple people who vouch for him or her online. One person can easily make multiple accounts to make it appear as if there is a support network of family and friends.

8. Imposters will often try to interact with your own friends and family members to create a broader sense of familiarity and build up a broader network of trust.

9. Finally, if you've been harmed by someone who posted a fake profile, report it to site monitors and authorities. Although it may be humiliating to be duped online, authorities will be able to identify imposters and close their accounts more quickly than you working independently.


Google Image Search with Images to detect a Catfish
One of the main tips that is features within my research and within the documentary I have analysed is the fact you can search google images with images of the person you talking to online. 


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