People get scammed every day on social media and others try to take precautions, but what matters now is the knowledge one has acquired about these scam activities. They say “knowledge is power” and without doubt, it is the reality because once someone understands something he or she can be able to identify the false and true of it. Some time ago, I decided to check out things myself so I and some colleagues went on deep research and also made some investigation at which we have also ascertained these researches. So I have decided to disclose it to people to save them from falling victim to scams and fraud. I will be listing different ways through which you can identify a scammer’s account on social media mainly Facebook and Instagram.
Highly privatised account on all social media.
It’s not bad if someone decided to privatise his or her social media account—yes, It’s a choice. One might decide to privatise his or her account for safety purposes, but that of these fraudsters are not the same. These fraudster hides a lot of stuff on their social media accounts that even you as a friend might not get to discover or observe.
Below are the things they keep private:
Their friend list: It isn’t strange for someone to hide his or her friend list, it’s a choice too; You know it’s very expedient these things are always balanced. People do keep their friend list hidden for some security purposes or maybe personality issues probably. But fraudsters hide their friend list for another strong objective.
Several researches accompanied by several scammed victims proved that most fraudsters’ friends list on social media are hidden so that people wouldn’t be able to express their plight or share the information with other people on the verge of becoming victims when they eventually fall victim to scams. This hidden friend list also keeps them(the scammer) secure from people discovering who they truly are from their friends. These fraudsters usually have a particular set of people(based on targetted locations or races) they aim to scam.
Pages, groups and people they follow: Fraudsters never allow people to know about their activities on social media so that these people don’t notice some of their suspicious acts and block them. Most of them have particular Pages, groups and even post contents they follow to reap more victims and naive they scam, so they make sure these details are kept confidential to them alone.
Who can see their birth year: They also keep their year of birth to themselves simply because of the lies they tell different people about their age to suit their deceit strategies per victim perfectly.
Few or abstract pictures and posts on their social media profiles
Some people’s social media profiles either on Facebook or Instagram contain few photos of themselves which could be because they might not be naturally photogenic or they just don’t have much time to post their photos regularly. Nevertheless, it was proven that about 90 per cent of scammers on social media have less than 15 to 20 photos of themselves on their profile.
Most of these scammers conclude to use more photos containing abstracts, landscapes, pets, food and even quotes like beliefs or motivational. 90 per cent of scammer’s social media account has an average of 30 uploaded pictures even when they claim their accounts have lasted for years. This is because they impersonate other people’s personalities and therefore have a limited number of photos, they reserve these photos for use during chats with their victims. They try to minimise the pictures they post online to use the photos not posted as their latest photos for chatting with people to be able to convince someone.
Despite what a scammer tells you when they start chatting with you relating to their occupation, you would be able to observe that they’re always online. You should wonder why a soldier or medical doctor or any other secular occupation practitioner has to be online all day and all night. They are steadily working on the internet to scam people, so they don’t rest at all. No true busy person stays online all day chatting except it’s the person’s work.
Through intense and carefully analysis on social media, 89 to 95 per cent of scammer’s accounts have the relationship status of either “divorced”, “widow”, “separated” or “widower”. This was a carefully calculated analysis and doesn’t need any controversy over it. fraudsters use broken relationships so that they could claim to be online in search of true love. With this dreadful strategy, they get lots of people online especially more women and ladies vulnerable to loving them.
They gradually grow friendships and normal chats into a relationship in which the victim gets strongly in love with the fraudster and can even send his or her nude pictures and videos to the fraudster. At this very point in the relationship, these fraudsters take advantage of their feelings and scam them immediately.
Impressive profile setups
Scammers try their very best to organize their profile very well so that it can be appealing to every visitor’s eye. They arrange some detail intentionally to draw people’s attention to their profile.
One of the most important detail that they don’t omit is their residential address and where they can from; also note that most of the time, these two locations in their profile are their points of concentration(where their target audience are located). An example of this is: Most of the fraudsters on social media who use soldier strategies tend to use mostly the US army and would put where they live in maybe Baytown, the US and where they come from as maybe Texas, US. Now with these, they could easily attract US citizens to their profile
All this information is important for internet users to read so that everyone could be aware and also help educate their family members, friends and even well-wishers to prevent them from falling victim to fraud.
Note: The general precaution from scams is :
1. for Facebook accounts, check out the friend list of any person who sends you a friend request or chats with you directly without being friends with you; if their friends are hidden, it is not necessary to accept the request or respond to the chat- simply block the person and move on. while on Instagram, make your account private so that you would have to review every person that wishes to follow you before accepting.
2. Once you see any military account or normal account with the relationship status as divorced, widowed or separated; begin to suspect the user to be a scammer and take caution.
3. Don’t be so desperate to get love online…It makes you vulnerable to scammers to win your heart.
4. Check the number of the user’s photos and the type of pictures of any person chatting you up. If the pictures are few or are pictures of adverts, motivations, spirituality, or even abstract content which aren’t the person’s images; block and go on.
5. If you have experience, additional information, report, support or contribution to this; send us a mail.