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The Epidemic of Fake Online Profiles

Right now, there are millions upon millions of fake online profiles on every single social media site from Twitter to LinkedIn. They're as common as grains of sand and they're actually quite dangerous. So, how can you spot these fake profiles and what the is potential danger they can pose for your company? Find out more in this week's blog. Let's take a look.

How can you spot a fake online profile?

Every social media site has its own list of common themes in fake profiles, but there are a few things that recur across all channels. For example, fake profiles are usually following a lot of people, but don't have many followers themselves. They also usually use a photo that was quickly grabbed from a stock photography website. To find out whether or not the photo fits that description, perform a simple reverse google image search and you should know very quickly whether or not the profile is real.

What is the danger of a fake online profile?

Sometimes, people use fake online profiles to get closer to important people such as CEOs or other influential business owners. They reach out to these people to gain access to information or funds posing as a highly successful individual. Another reason that people make fake online profiles is to gain a lot of followers or friends and then sell their accounts. It is very important that you take the time to research every network connection you have in your online circles so that you don't fall prey to these petty acts of fraud.

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Don't forget to keep up with our weekly blog for advice and information on how to prevent being the victim of cybercrime. It's more likely than you may think. You can follow us on Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn too. Stay safe out there!

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