As Mark Zuckerberg faces the questions of lawmakers, Tuesday, April 10th, concerning Facebook’s role in: The promotion of “fake news”, the Russians use of FB to influence the presidential election, privacy and data issues and the whole Cambridge Analytica fiasco; I am going to speak about the fallacious FaceBook profiles of… Hot Women!
With my “Dee Driver” Facebook profile, I will accept pretty much any “friend” request I receive. Why? Because this page is linked to a service I provide. Many people visit Kona, Hawaii. Having a Facebook page allows me to connect with people from around the world, that may, at some point, come to visit. I enjoy sharing about this beautiful rock in the Pacific Ocean. It’s also a great way to keep in touch with the good people I meet, while driving my vehicles- Airport Taxi; Luxury SUV; and 12 Passenger Van. There are, however, an increasing amount of fake Facebook accounts.
When I first started receiving requests from these attractive women, I did not think much about it. I accepted the requests. Then, when the volume and sexual nature of some of the profile pics increased, it caused me to pause. I mean, I know I’m a handsome dude but damn! Lol. So I would check out some of these profiles, and there were a few indicators that revealed to me that these accounts were bogus.
Here are some common signs I’ve noticed:
One Profile Picture. Just having one profile picture is not proof of a fake account, but could be an indicator. There are some people that are extremely selective about the photos of themselves that they share on social media. (By the way, I find that many of those types of people hardly ever look like that one photo that they love.). Not sure where these perpetrators are snatching the photos of these women, but I venture to guess it is without their permission.
No Cover Photo. Like having one profile picture, having no cover photo, in and of itself is not enough to determine its fake. Some may not know how to post a cover photo. Some just may not care. I imagine the fake ones don’t have a cover photo because they only have one pic of the unsuspecting girl that they are using to create the site. I also think it may be about creating many of these accounts and spending the least amount of time, building them, as possible.
Newly Opened Account.
Again, this in and of itself does not mean that it’s a phony profile. There are many people that close one account and open a new one just to get away from certain people. These accounts tend to get flagged, and FB will shut them down. So that forces them to keep creating profiles. I find it hard to believe that they find enough people to make money off of to make this lucrative enough to keep doing it. But they must be making some loot!
A Bunch of Thirsty-looking Guys.
In their sparse “friends” list, you’ll see that most, if not all, are men.
Seriously, these poor guys really believe that the woman, in the picture, has a genuine interest in them. They leave posts of flowers, and words of thanks for accepting them.
No Interaction With the “profile owner”. When these guys post how beautiful she is or thank her for the friend request, there is no response.
And finally, the kicker!
A Plug for the Website. They will typically have an invitation to their xxx site with a message like: “You want to meet with me, I will come to the site ❤️ Watch my latest Videos *insert porn link here*. ” I have never clicked on one of these links- they could lead to infecting your commuter with a virus, or collect your data- but I imagine that it leads to a porn site, where you will need some sort of payment device.
Have you ever received any of these phony “friend” requests? I imagine there are different kinds.
If any of these are photos of someone you know, please alert them to how their image is being used and the profile name it’s under (although, I’ve seen the same pictures being used with different profile names.)