How To Identify A Fake Twitter Profile?

Do you want to be aware of Fake Twitter Profiles that are being created for various purposes? Do you want to make sure if someone is showing interest in you or not? Do you save the contact details of people whom you come across on the internet?

If your answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes’ then this article will definitely help you save yourself from various types of Fake Twitter profiles that are being created to spread viruses and spam.

There is a point worth noting here that, if you ever come across any profile on Twitter claiming to be ‘Twitter verified’, then it’s definitely time for your to know how to identify a fake Twitter profile. We will discuss this later in the article!

A Fake Profile can be made by someone who wants his/her account Suspended or banned, by someone who wants his/her account deleted (deleted accounts can be recovered) and also by someone who wants his/her real-life identity masked away from the internet.

Any one of these three reasons may create a fake profile that you could mistakenly consider as real. In short, it is very much possible that you might end up following a fake Twitter profile that is created for any of the malicious purposes that we just mentioned.

In this article, we will specifically talk about how you can identify a Fake Twitter Profile so that you don’t get trapped in it.

Identify A Fake Twitter Profile

So here are some tips that could help you identify if a Twitter Profile is fake or not:

1) Check the Profile Photo

When you click on the profile photo of the Twitter user, does it lead you to some other website? If yes, then it is a clear indication that the account is fake. Genuine twitter users would always have their profile photo uploaded on Twitter itself.

2) Check for the Blue Tick

Since Twitter has started verifying certain accounts with a blue tick, it has become easier for people to identify official Twitter profiles. However, not all verified accounts are genuine and there are many cases where people have created fake profiles with the blue tick.

So, if you’re not sure about a particular account, don’t hesitate in asking others on Twitter about it.

3) Check the Profile Name

The profile name of a fake Twitter profile is generally something like ‘xyz_fake’, whereas the profile name of a genuine Twitter user would be their actual name.

4) Check the Number of Followers and Following

A fake Twitter profile would generally have a large number of followers as compared to the number of people they are following. This is because, most often than not, these profiles are created for spamming purposes.

5) Check the Timing of Tweets

Most fake Twitter profiles tweet at odd hours, unlike genuine Twitter users who usually tweet during working hours. This is because cyber criminals want to get maximum exposure for their tweets and therefore, post them at odd hours when most people are not active on Twitter.

6) Check for Unusual Tweets

Cybercriminals post weird tweets like ‘good morning’, ‘thanks for following’ etc. as compared to genuine Twitter users who tweet relevant content and their opinions. If you find such unusual tweets on a particular account, then we would suggest that you don’t follow them and report the profile to Twitter instead.

7) Check the URL in the Bio

The bio of a fake Twitter profile would generally contain a website URL which is not related to the profile itself. For example, if the profile is of a person, then the website URL might be for a company or vice versa.

8) Check the Location

Most fake Twitter profiles have their location set as ‘worldwide’ whereas genuine Twitter users would have their location set according to their current city or country.

9) Use Google Image Search

If you’re not sure about the authenticity of a profile photo, you can use Google Image Search to check if it has been used before on other websites.

10) Check the Number of Followers

If you notice that a Twitter user has thousands of followers but not even 100 likes for their tweets, then it is safe to say that they are fake. Another variant would be that the number of people they are following is much more than the number of followers that they have.

11) Check if You’ve Been Lured into Following Them

You might have noticed how some spammers try to lure you into following them on Twitter by posting tweets like ‘just got followed by @fake_twitter_profile do follow back’. If you observe such spammy tweets in your timeline when you haven’t even followed the account, then take necessary precautions by unfollowing it immediately.

These are some of the most common ways through which you can identify fake Twitter profiles.

What To Do With A Fake Twitter Profile?

Ok, so if you have found a fake Twitter profile, then here comes the question of what to do with it.

Well, the first thing that you should do is report it to Twitter. They have a special form for reporting such profiles and they will take necessary action against them.

How TO Report A Twitter Profile?

To report a fake profile, you have to visit Twitter’s ‘Report An Issue’ page and follow the steps as mentioned below:

1) Visit https://support.twitter.com/forms/abusiveuser

2) Login with your Twitter credentials

4) Choose the option that best describes the reason for reporting this account and then provide additional details in the description box.

5) Attach relevant evidence along with screenshots from the account as attachments. 6) Click Submit and wait till Twitter takes action against such profiles.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What is a fake Twitter profile?

A. A fake Twitter profile, also known as a ‘sock puppet’ or ‘clone account’ is an account that is created with the sole purpose of spamming people and promoting websites for monetary gains.

Such profiles are usually operated by cybercriminals who target innocent users and trick them into following such profiles in order to spread their links through tweets and DMs.

Q. Will Twitter ban me if I follow a fake profile?

A. No, there is no need for you to worry about being banned by Twitter just because you followed a suspicious profile. However, we would suggest that you only follow genuine accounts and avoid following profiles that don’t provide any relevant information in their bio or tweets. You can also use our suggestions above to identify a fake profile and then report it to Twitter.

Q. What should I do with a fake Twitter profile that follows me?

A. In case you come across any suspicious profiles that follow you without providing any further details in their bio section, we would suggest that you don’t follow them back and instead report the profile to Twitter by following the steps mentioned above in this article.

Conclusion

Twitter is a great platform to share your thoughts and ideas with the world, but it can also be used by cybercriminals for nefarious activities. Hence, it is important for you to be aware of the ways through which you can identify a fake Twitter profile and protect yourself from such scams.

We hope that this article was helpful and provided you with useful tips on how to stay safe on Twitter. Thank you for reading!

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