Is it safe to accept Fake/ Duplicate friend request in Facebook

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  • Keymaster
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    In Facebook you get many friend requests daily. Some are from legit Friends and some may be Fake or Duplicate friend request (and you may not know it). So, is it safe to accept Fake/ Duplicate Friend requests in Facebook.
    Say, if you get a friend request from a imposter account, account with your classmate’s ditto information, so what you gonna do?
    First thing first, it is totally unsafe in Facebook to accept friend request from such fake and duplicate accounts.

    Only accept Friend Requests if you know them personally.

    So, who can be such people.

    • Stalker. We don’t know who it is who is trying to enter your circle of friends on Facebook, but it could be someone who wants to track your activity without you know. Possibilities include a jealous partner you’ve fallen out with, a rival in love or business, or simply someone who has an unhealthy crush on you.Whatever their motive, someone stalking your online activities and able to read your news-feed without your permission is creepy. Imagine, for instance, the possibility of coming to harm if you are using a service like Facebook Places which allows other users to determine your physical location.
    • Identity thief. Your bogus Facebook friend may be interested in your profile because of the information you might be sharing up there.
      In the past we’ve discovered that many users are all too willing to share a dangerous amount of personal information with complete strangers on Facebook – such as their full date of birth, email address, and phone number. This is all information that could be useful to identity thieves.
    • Spammer/Malware author: You’re more likely to open a message from a Facebook “friend” than a complete stranger, because you implicitly trust the person you believe has sent you the message. Therefore, if a bogus Facebook friend sends you a link to a webpage with an alluring enough title, you might well click on it.
      Don’t be surprised if you’re taken to a webpage containing adverts for improving your sexual performance, or a website carrying a malicious Trojan horse, a rogue Facebook application that tricks you into taking a survey, or even a bogus Facebook login page that attempts to phish your password from you.
    • Scammer. As well as the malware, phishing and spam shenanigans described above, one confidence trick we often see imposters performing on Facebook is the “stranded in a foreign city” scam. Although these can occur when a genuine friend’s Facebook account is taken over by a scammer, it’s also possible for fraudsters to create an account in the name of somebody you know with the intention of tricking you into wiring them money.

    Eventually, you don’t even want you photos and activities seen by some random users in Facebook, so better maintain your Facebook Privacy now then later. Stay Social, Stay Safe.

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