Facebook has more than 1.3 billion users, which makes it a hacker's paradise for posting scams. Once a certain user fall for it, it's more likely that some of their friends will as well, and then those friends' friends and so on.
In the event that you get a Facebook friend request from somebody your already friends with, odds are it’s a scammer.
Here’s how it works according to Fox News:
A con artist will duplicate a person’s Facebook profile using their copied photo and “About Me” information. The scammer then sends “friend requests” to entire list of the targeted person’s Facebook friends.
Experts say that someone can learn lots about you by gaining access to all that’s on your profile, like status updates, location, date of birth and photos.
The scammers will then send messages to your friends posing as you in an effort to learn more about you or worst, ask to borrow money.
If ever you get a friend request from an existing “friend,” verify that the request is genuine before accepting it. And of course, be very wary of friend requests from people you don’t know.
It’s all good idea to tighten your security settings so that only your Facebook friends can view your profile, photos and other info.
1. Go into the “Friends” section of your Activity Log.
2. At the top, it says, “Who can see your friend list?”
3. In the drop down, select “Friends,” rather than “Public.”
How do I report a fake account?
If you have a Facebook account and want to report someone that's pretending to be you or someone you know:
1. Go to the profile of the fake account.
2. Click on the cover photo and select 'Report.'
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to file a report.