It’s the irony of all ironies. Twitter is infested with fake Facebook accounts. Some of the accounts are impersonators and all of them appear to be scammers.
Up first: an account impersonating Facebook’s verified Twitter account. It’s a near-replica. Note that the impersonator background image is the same; but there is no “verified” mark.
Real vs. Fake
This Facebook impersonator’s latest tweets look legit until you scroll the timeline and see that it is nothing more than another fake, Facebook “lottery” account.
Here’s a fake Twitter account using the Facebook logo. The account claims to work for Facebook.
Brand new in August 2019, this locked account says it is a Facebook “Online Claiming Agent.” Such a nice team photo with Zuckerberg, isn’t it?
Even though mainstream media reported on the Facebook Lottery Scam last year, there are still innumerable fake Facebook Lottery accounts on Twitter.
Some of the Facebook Lottery accounts are Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg impersonators.
While I’m writing about these fake accounts with some levity, there is a serious point to be made.
Looking at these accounts in an organized, pre-compiled group makes them easy to identify. When they are spread out over hundreds of millions of accounts, however, they become difficult for real users to spot. And some real users will fall for the scam.
Facebook is getting rid of billions of fake accounts quarterly, but Twitter’s fancy algorithms have a tough time finding fake accounts like the ones in this article. Maybe Zuckerberg can convince Jack to do the same? If for no other reason than to protect the real users on the platforms.
Written by Virginia Murr
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