Being in the industry that I am in, it is inevitable for me to be on social media. However, that means that unlike some I am a little more prone to be wanted to become social media friends. It also means that somebody out there wants to potentially hack my page and possibly send out friend requests from my page and the cycle continues to the next.

When it comes to Facebook I come across at least 5-10 friend requests daily and sometimes I get confused on who to accept and if they are even real. I did some research and figured that I would pass on the information to you on how you can tell whether or not the friend request is legitimate or if you are being catfished.

How To Tell If A Friend Request On Facebook Is Real


Most accounts can be labeled as fake because of the use of a combination of popular names. They may also take on the identity of famous people's names.

Profile and Cover photos:

The profile pictures could feature someone famous of models with flawless looks in the picture. Also, be on the lookout for photos of people in the military or formal attire.

Shared Content:

You will be able to tell if the account is legit from the content that is shared. Also, check the timeline of the last post. I also like to see how far down the page goes. If there are only a couple of pictures and then the birthdate, it seems a bit more suspect to me.

Friend Connects:

Make sure to look out for mutual friends. Are these people that you know personally, or do the names seem like those you don't know? It can take a little work but think about how bad the outcome can be if you accept that friend request and personal data or information is shared with the masses.

Inbox Requests:

Be careful of those inbox requests as well. I also get several of those per day and usually, they have links attached to them that are dangerous. If you are like me I am sure you may not be interested in investing in a new computer now and that's what will happen if you click on the wrong link and a virus takes control of your computer.

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