So here you are, going through your day and everything’s normal, then all of a sudden, you receive a friend request from someone too good to be true. She’s someone pretty or cute and definitely looks way above your league. Why would he/she send you a friend request? You don’t know her/him in person, you’re probably average and not that special, but why would he/she take an interest in you?
You accept their friend request and this cutie from another level then sends you a message, you being to chat back and forth. Wow. This day couldn’t get better. He/She starts flirting. You can’t believe what’s happening. This beautiful/handsome specimen of a human being is actually interested in you! But.. are you sure they are who they say they are?
The internet has made it easier for everyone to grab someone else’s photos on Facebook or other social media platforms. They can then create their own accounts and upload those pictures, use a different name, and can go on pretending they are the person in the pictures they’re using.
So how do you spot the fakes? Here are a few signs (example is for posers on Facebook)
1. The Likes and Comments
Over 200 likes and not a single one one of her supposed ‘friends’ commented. The ones that are there are either from ‘jejemons’ (lol) or from random guys who think she’s pretty. Funny. Not even a single one of her real life friends even commented. The first comment is from a fake account ( probably one she also owns ) and I’ll cover how to spot those as well.
2. Little to no activity from other people on his/her page
You’d think someone pretty/cute would always have his/her friends commenting on what they do or the albums they upload. But posers usually have little or even no activity on their updates. Again, the activities are usually from random people praising them on how good they look or their fake accounts creating fake conversations for added realism.
3. Fake Friends
Some posers would create accounts to help create the illusion of being real. They’ll log into the accounts and comment on their main poser account so that it will seem that they have real friends commenting. This helps strengthen the poser’s credibility and people seeing the account commenting back and forth will more likely believe the poser is actually real. Take a look at the number of friends the account has. Also there is little to no updates on the account, as if its only purpose is to comment and like the poser’s main account.
Here is another fake account the poser uses to create comment threads on her main poser account. Take a look at the number of friends this one has. Also, little to no activity, same as the others.
In this age of information, being ignorant is a choice. Don’t be so easily deceived with the pictures they are using. If he/she seems too good to be true, do a little research and avoid looking like a fool by even talking to posers. I hope these steps at least helps some of you out in finding out if the person you are talking to is a poser or not. Avoid being cat-fished. Always keep your guard up online.
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