Rogue Facebook Friend Requests and How to Keep From Being Scammed
Cloners want to pretend to be you, or anyone else, to get access to your friend list - sending friend requests to all those friends. Once a new friend list is made, then rogue scam posts and requests start posting - ask for money, post things to click on that are scams, or phishing schemes (to gather information from you), etc. It may look harmless, but gives a load of information to a scammer. Quizzes ask pointed questions - gathering information that will, for many people, be one of their passwords. Sometimes a legitimate friend gets hacked - someone has logged in as that person and is posting things that wouldn't be posted by the real person. If you see such, alert your friend in a way not connected to Facebook - email, phone call, text, or Messenger. Rogue friends are not only harmful to you, but also to your friends. Once your make a friend, that person has access to all your friends - and anyone who hasn't made their friend list private, is also vulnerable to being cloned. Your friends are also going to be contacted to friend "you" once you get cloned. Make your friend list private to you only - don't let even friends have access. a rogue friend does have access to everyone who comments or reacts to your posts, however. I'm expecting more cloning and scamming to happen from these associations. I would suggest you do what I've done - make your info private to only your friends and make your friend list private to you only. If you have posted quizzes with a load of your information or made notes on Facebook with lots of personal information - get rid of anything that contains information you would use as a password or password phrase. Scammers pull all kinds of personal information that you've posted on FB and use it to gain access to credit cards, stores, bank accounts, online sites and more. If you must do a quiz, take it offline and don't post it on Facebook. You can hide your personal information from being used to scam or clone you.
FB is full of scammers, spammers, and cloners. Be vigilant. Don't give them all your information. Don't click on posts - many, if not most, will try to get information from you (your passwords, access to your profile, for example). A quiz that asks for a lot of personal information (giving a load of information to be able to guess passwords) is rarely a good thing to answer. Posting when you are on vacation tells people you aren't home - your posts come down other peoples' feeds when their common friends "like" or comment or react to your post. When accepting an app, or becoming a member of a group (that may be shady), your information and permissions often go along to the people who run the app. Rogue people can gather so much information from lurking on FB. PR