How Seniors Can Spot A Fake Social Media Profile

October 3, 2022 NataliaGutierrez

One of the most common scams that target seniors these days is a romance scam. A scammer will approach a senior on Facebook, Instagram, or another social media platform and start chatting with them. Once your senior parent feels like they trust that person, the person will ask them for money. Maybe just a little at first, but slowly they will ask for more and more money. Seniors lose millions of dollars to these romance scammers every year. Home care assistance providers can help seniors avoid this scam by helping seniors use the computer and monitor their social media messages and texts.

The key to stopping this romance scam before it gets started is for seniors to know how to recognize a fake social media profile. Many seniors don’t know how to, and that makes them easy targets.

Even with home care assistance, seniors should know how to spot the signs of a fake profile like the signs here:

Fake Looking Profile Photo

Home Care Assistance Hartford CT - How Seniors Can Spot A Fake Social Media Profile
Home Care Assistance Hartford CT – How Seniors Can Spot A Fake Social Media Profile

This one may be hard for some seniors. But the profile photo of someone on social media that is a real person usually isn’t a heavily filtered professional photo. Typically profile photos are selfies or realistic photos that look like they were taken by an amateur. If the profile photo is of a known celebrity or the photo looks like a professional modeling photo it’s probably fake. It’s a good idea to ask for another photo to see what the person really looks like. If they don’t have any other photos, that’s probably a fake profile.

Not Many Friends

The average person has about 200 friends on Facebook and more on other social media platforms. If the person that seems to be a love interest for a senior loved one has only a few friends or has under 100 friends on big platforms like Instagram that is a red flag that the account could be fake. Seniors should check the profiles of some of those friends to see if they look like they are legitimate accounts. Legitimate accounts should have profile pictures, a decent amount of activity, and a lot of interaction with other people.

Not A Lot Of Activity or it’s Either New or Very Old

Accounts that don’t have a lot of activity are also a red flag. If no one has posted anything to the person’s wall or the only comments on their wall are suspicious and general that person may be a scammer. Most people post at least 2-3 times per day on Facebook and more than that on other social media platforms. If the person doesn’t have a lot of social interactions or all their social posts are related to dating or romance that’s probably a scam account.

Look at the date that the account was created. If the account was just created very recently it could be a scam. And if was created many years ago but doesn’t seem very active that’s probably a scam also. Sometimes scammers will hack into old accounts that aren’t used anymore and use those for scamming people.

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