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Facebook Populated With Fake Accounts

by Jennifer Kennedy - The Oregon Herald Sunday June 14, 2015    10:03 AM

How would you feel if you discovered that your Facebook friend was a fake? Possibly not even the same gender you expected? What if the most recent friend request you got isn't actually from someone real? It's a serious problem.

A person using the Facebook name of Melissa Young is also a fake Facebook account. The person using this account, more than likely, a male, is actually using the photo of famous model Emily Ratajkowski, the photo of which is shown in this story.

Example of fake Facebook account

Many of the fake profile photos are actually professional models as is our example. It's easy to detect them. Google has an easy IMAGE search URL option that detects such images, points you to the correct identity.

So the question has to be asked; are these people idiots? The don't even attempt to change the photo, reverse it, place it into a frame holder of some sort or otherwise get wise. They are morons, nothing less.

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Facebook admitted that 8.7 percent of its 955 million members worldwide could in fact be in violation of its policies, with duplicate accounts, accounts that users maintain in addition to their principal accounts, and those accounts make up 4.8 percent of that figure.

The fake profiles show up alongside the other photos of strangers you see once you've signed into Tinder through Facebook via the iPhone app. For those who haven't used it, on Tinder you fill out a simple profile and post a few photos of yourself. You are then presented with strangers' profiles one by one and you can swipe the person's profile left to essentially "pass" on them and right to "like" them. If both people "like" one another they are connected through an in-app chat feature.

According to the blog post, the fake accounts only chat with you if you chat them first. Once they start chatting, many of them have similar scripts.

The fake profiles are not just there to annoy you, they're there to take your money. Once they entice you with stilted flirty language, they invite you to videochat with them. The "girl" that Symantec chatted with sent a shortened link to a webcam site.

The sad story with the Facebook account of Melissa Young who may turn out to be Hank Haggard or Timmy Fakefoot is such a sad story. When one of our reporters Friended 'Melissa Young' and indicated it was a fake account and a ripoff of Emily Ratajkowski, the fake Melissa quickly created a special list so no one else could see the negative remarks.

It is so sad, sad that such a low intelligence can crawl on the pages of Facebook and steal the identity of a beautiful woman.

There are most important things to do with your life. Get out into the sun, enjoy the world around you, as yourself, not by stealing the identity of another person. But if you're going to be a thief, do so with more intelligence.

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