Facebook followers = scammers

Facebook follower-stalkers? I just blocked three people who were “following” me. I had ignored that until I got a friend request from someone I’d never heard of. Looked to see if she had mutual friends or any connection whatsoever. No. No posts at all, just a not-very-sexy-but-clearly-supposed-to-be pic and a half dozen other friends, all male, from all over the world. Another one of the three had nothing but a few ads for an online “dating” site.

Now, I understand that people who are “public figures” are happy to have followers who can read their updates. Yay for them. But “chemprofdave” is hardly a celebrity, in real life or in cyberspace.

I suspect that what’s going on here is there are scammers out there who get onto people’s friend lists and then, at some point, request money or post something about being in desperate circumstances.

Those of you who have a big friend list, how well do you know those people? Have you ever accepted a friend request from someone you don’t know?

Go to your profile page, see if you have any “followers”, and then block them if they seem fake or suspicious. Directions can be found in the Facebook help sections.

Earlier, I had noticed something about suspicious (business-related) followers in WordPress. But since there are orders of magnitude more FB users out there, I’ll add this.

I have checked Snopes on this, it doesn’t seem to be much of a concern yet. But for the record, just kill off those followers who have no real-life connection to you. And don’t accept a friend request if you aren’t actually at least an acquaintance with someone.

Update: immediately after posting, another similar event happened. Someone with no connection to anything to do with the Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society wanted to be admitted to the MNACS Facebook group. Checked her out, another fake, DENIED.


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