Facebook Verification



As we show throughout this site, Facebook is overrun with fake profiles and trolls. On this page we show you how the trolls create fake profiles and why they are unconcerned about getting reported. The problem can be summarised into two main points. (a) It is very easy to make a fake profile which will pass Facebook's derisible attempts to verify identity and (b) Facebook's reporting system is very badly broken which means that fake profiles tend to be left unchallenged for weeks. Because Facebook manages both of these areas really oustandingly badly, there is no hope that the troll menace will be defeated on the site. Even our attempts to highlight the troll profiles to warn people about them is doomed to failure - the trolls just move on to making other fake profiles using different fake details and identification which given the sheer number of active profiles on the site are very hard to find. In the end, Facebook will fail and become less relevent because users will begin to understand that it just isn't worth the hassle that comes with keeping a profile open. The only reason we persevere is because fighting the trolls is the right thing to do and we have reason to believe that some of the trolls will get found and prosecuted in the future. Until then, we continue.



Update 03/06/16. Here's an image posted by a troll showing that Facebook has taken over 6 months to review some reports which were made to them concerning posts made in a group admined by the Troll. This, in part, explains why Facebook is so completly useless at dealing with content which breaks the terms and conditions of the site. Put very simply - they can't even be bothered to look at the reports within a sensible time scale.


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And here's an image of the trolls discussing the making of fake Facebook IDs.


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A couple of trolls we have mentioned quite a few times over the last few years are Jamie Card and Rosey Parker.



These two trolls have been finding it harder to keep their profiles going lately - even Facebook (who are really dumb) have gotten wise to them. So, they have started using different names. Along with some other aliases, they now often go by the names Nicole McCabe (this is Jamie Card) and Rebecca Jane Dagg (this is Rosey Parker).


Here they are...



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We had been reporting these two profiles for some weeks, but Facebook kept coming back to us with this message...



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The usual nonsense from Facebook, really, but even worse than usual.


Just in case you don't know, how this works is that at some point, maybe when they get enough reports, or maybe when they can be arsed to do something about it, Facebook will contact the profile being reported to ask for ID or photo verification - just to check that they are who they say they are. It used to be that given enough reports, a troll profile would be deleted.




But recently, some troll profiles which we know are fakes, have been persisting for many weeks. At first we thought that maybe the trolls were using Photoshop to create ID documents to send to Facebook - we talk about this later.



But then, one of our friends sent us this...



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You can find the image easily yourself doing a Google Image search. This is where it is from...

https://www.navixia.com/blog/entry/the-boot-is-on-the-other-foot-scamming-the-scammers.html



We found a similar image for McCabe...



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http://www.isai2010.org/10-crazy-cases-of-identity-theft/

The full passport image is out there as well, and it only takes a second to change the dates if needed...



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It looks like the trolls have found a seriously simple way to get their profiles verified. All they need to do is search the web for a passport image and create a profile using the same name. Then they can get on with harassing and bullying people on Facebook in the sure and certain knowledge that should Facebook decide to check their ID, they have a passport image to send them.



Really Facebook? Are you really that stupid?



When we asked for a comment we were told "Thanks for your enquiry. We are sorry, but Mark Zuckerburg is unavailablefor comment. At Facebook, we take your security very seriously and have dedicated teams across the company that focus specifically on protecting people's accounts blah, blah, blah...."



We wonder how many other passports we can find?



Well, we found a few more likely candidates...



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http://www.thewhistleblowers.org/?p=54988



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The source for this image is here

http://www.arsenal.org.pl



The fake profile using this ID is here:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009326185099/


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The source for this image is here:

Pixshark

The fake profile using this ID is here:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009314560231


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The source for this image is here:

Lets Make Robots


The fake profile using this ID is here

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009085030876


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The source for this image is here:

http://www.thewhistleblowers.org/?cat=2573


The fake profile using this ID is here:


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The source for this image is here:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3854287,00.html

The fake troll profile using this ID is here:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009371483874


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Here is a recent (09/01/16) image of trolls discussing their use of fake ID...



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The media picked up on this same issue just after we reported on it...



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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/bullies...


So, how does this work?



Let's start at the beginning. Here are some media reports where Facebook tries to tell us that the site is used by people using their real names -



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Of course, here at CardFax we all know that the idea that Facebook is any safer than anywhere else on the internet is a complete fabrication. And here is why...


Just take a moment to try this -



https://www.facebook.com/search/results/?q=an%20actual&type=users&tas=0.2307745076250285



This is what you will see...


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What we have here is a simple Facebook search for profiles beginning with 'an actual...' and it helps to show that Facebook is overrun with fake profiles, whatever they say. Bear in mind that not all of these people will be trolls. Statistically only one in ten will be, because according to Facebook's own 2012 figures, one in ten profiles on the site are fake. More recent figures by reputable sources suggest that well over 10% of all Facebook profiles are fake. This should be no surprise to anyone given that Facebook seems unable to recognize even massively obvious fake profiles.


So, why is this important?


Facebook, according to them, has a 'real name policy'. It's one of their grand claims which they use to tell us why Facebook is so great and so much safer than the rest of the internet. This is what their name policy says -


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So, basically proper names as used by real people. So here is the question: In what universe are the examples above real names? And what sort of idiot would make the mistake of thinking that 'An Actual Lemon' is a real name?


No wonder Facebook is full of trolls - Facebook really has no idea how to stop the fakes. Facebook is built on lies - one of the main lies being that the site is safer because of Facebook's culture of 'real names' and another being that Facebook works hard to eliminate fakes. Both claims are utterly wrong.



BREAKING NEWS - Facebook have apparently decided that it is too hard to make sure people are using real names. In the future, quite likely they won't bother...



So let's take a look at one of the many ways a troll might use for making a fake profile on Facebook...



First you need to go to Yahoo or any other major email provider and sign up using a fake name -



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You can use any phone number. I tend to just make one up based on a mobile number I know exists. Just change the last 3 figures. No-one bothers to check because no-one cares.



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That's all there is to making an email address for your Facebook account.



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Once you have your email account up and running, you can turn to Facebook and create your new fake account.


Use the same fake name you have used to create your email address. Facebook carries out computer checks for any obvious name mis-match


Use a different browser to the one you usually use for your Facebook 'real' profile. This is important because Facebook uses cookies to track your profile, and you need to make sure that Facebook is unaware that you already have an active profile.


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Facebook will send an email to your fake email account. This is apparently verification enough for the idiots at Facebook Central that you are real.



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And that's it done in under 5 minutes. If you are the sort of scumbag we talk about on this blog, you are now free to harass legitimate Facebook users with impunity. Or, of course, to keep an eye on and report the trolls without them finding out who you are.




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TOP TIPS...



Join a few groups.


Make a few friends - look out for 'add me' pages and groups. Try not to send friend requests out at random to people you don't know - any failed or blocked requests you make may lead to further (risible) identity checks.


Use a basic non-identifying profile pic.


Of course, you don't have to use a fake profile to bully and harass others. Some people use them to avoid being spied on by Facebook.


So, what happens when you get caught using a fake profile?



Nothing


Nothing happens, because it isn't a crime. The very worse thing that can happen is that Facebook will maybe delete the profile. And any troll can just make another very easily.

But just for the sake of it, let's have a look at the steps Facebook might take should they become aware of a suspected fake profile.



One of the first things Facebook might ask you for if you get reported for harassment or bullying is to veriify your account with a telephone number because as we all know - only real people have telephone numbers. It smply isn't possible to buy a SIM card from Tesco for a few pence in cash, put it in your phone, and use that number for verification. That would be cazy, right??? I mean, just how stupid, on a scale of 1 to 10, can the IT professionals at Facebook be? Ten maybe? The whole thing is laughable. Nonetheless, Facebook apparently continues to believe that having a telephone number makes you a real person.


But let's suppose as the scumbag you are, you keep getting reported for bullying. What happens then?


Well, the first thing that happens is nothing. Facebook works at the speed of a very slow snail - it will take ages before they actually do anything about you. And if you can keep your bullying in check until late on Friday, you might get a whole weekend of fun at other people's expense before they start deleting your posts and begin post-banning you for a few days, or asking you to identify a few images of your friends. But at some point, even Facebook will react more strongly.



Here's one of the things you might see when trying to log into a Facebook disabled account...



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Oh Dear. Tragedy.



Of course, you could just make another account - it only takes a few minutes as we have just seen. But let's see what happens if we press 'continue'...


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Ah - this looks like a serious problem. They want Photo ID, with a date of birth on it.



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It turns out not be a problem at all. All we need is a image editing program and a bit of skill in using it. They don't even want a half-decent image - a JPEG will do, which leaves plenty of space to cover up any manipulation we have done. And they want the serious identifiers (licence number, address) covered up. Something like this, maybe...


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This took an amateur a couple of hours using Photoshop. Someone with more skill might be able to sort something out more quickly. This is an image of a real UK licence with date of birth, name and photograph manipulated to match a fake profile used on Facebook. TOP TIP - The UK driver's license has many security measures built in which make it difficult to manipulate. US and other non-EU states can be much easier to work on.


To complete the illusion, and as a backup, we felt that some extra verification would be a good idea. So we had a look at what else Facebook would accept.



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These are even more straightforward. We went for a company ID and a utility bill just in case Facebook were not happy with the driver's license. Oddly enough, we didn't need them(!) Of course, if you are not entirely happy with using Photoshop, there are other alternatives...



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Here's a name we know. What a non-surprise to see him here.




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It amazes us that Facebook seems unable to prevent trolls from creating pages and groups designed to overcome their own security measures. We tried reporting a few of these as scam pages. Guess what...? That's right - 'The page you reported does not breach our polices...'

A quick search of Google reveals several sites offering this type of ID making service for a price and/or the tools to create fake ID - including layered Photoshop image files of well-known IDs which makes the job of creating Facebook IDs really simple and speedy. We even found a set of UK driver licence files...

So, you might think, what is the problem? People have the right to privacy, of course they do. And to be honest, you would have to be crazy to give Facebook your real details, although many do.


It's not the the fact that people on Facebook are using fake profiles that is the real problem here. The problem is that Facebook denies that this is a significant problem, which as we see thoughout this site is not really true. Facebook is overrun with harassing trolls, and they are a real danger to those they target.

What are we to conclude?

Maybe this:

Facebook does not have a 'real name' culture. Fake names are commonplace on Facebook and are used to attack other users of the site.

Facebook verification measures to check profiles are legit are badly flawed. Facebook neither makes sure that people are who they say they are, nor takes any reasonable action to deal with those who break the terms and conditions of the site.

Facebook is not safer than the rest of the internet.






 

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