If you get a Facebook friend request from someone you’re already friends with, chances are it’s a scammer.
A nefarious individual re-creates a person’s Facebook profile using their profile photo, pictures and “About” information.
Then, the scammer sends “friend requests” to all of the targeted person’s Facebook friends.
Experts warn that someone could learn a lot about you by gaining access to all that’s on your profile, like your status updates, location, date of birth and photos.
They can also send messages to your friends, posing as you, in an effort to learn more about you, ask to borrow money or try to meet up with your friends.
“They will say things like, ‘Oh, I’m out of state or in another country, and I lost my wallet. Can you send me $5,000 or $500?’” said Reginald Corbitt, who runs a cyber security organization called SafeCyber.