Question from Kristin: A Facebook friend got a fake friend request from me and simply deleted it.
Do these fake requests always involve a duplicate account?
I searched my name and only found my legitimate account. How can I find the fake one?
Rick’s answer: Kristin, that duplicate friend request either came from a fake clone account (which is what happens in 99.5% of these cases) or someone hacked into your real account and sent the request from there.
Here’s how to quickly rule out the possibility that the friend request came from your real account…
Check to see if the person that received the friend request is still on your Facebook “Friends List”.
If so, that means the friend request couldn’t have possibly been sent from your real account because Facebook won’t send a friend request to someone who is already on your Friends list.
In fact, there won’t even be an “Add Friend” button available to click on.
Here’s the most likely explanation for why you couldn’t find the fake clone account via a search…
You said you typed your name into the Facebook search box and only found your real account.
In that case the most likely explanation is one (or more) of your other friends also received fraudulent friend requests from the clone account and reported it to Facebook, who then removed the fake account before you did your search.
The time it takes for a reported account to be removed varies greatly depending on several factors (and some accounts are never removed). However, it isn’t at all unusual for an account to be removed within minutes of Facebook receiving the report.
How to find a fake clone account by it’s URL…
If this happens again simply ask one of the friends who received a fake friend request to send you the URL of the fake account’s Profile page. You can then click on that link and view the fake profile in your own browser.
Note: If your friend is using Facebook in a web browser they’ll be able to retrieve the URL of the fake account’s Profile page directly from the browser’s address bar.
If they are using the Facebook app they’ll need to visit the fake account’s Profile page and tap the three dots beside the “Message” button , then tap Copy Link.
I hope this helps, Kristen. Good luck!