How can you spot a fake INTP

This is how fake profiles can be recognized

Two stories from the social networks have caused a sensation in the last few weeks:

  1. First the description on the blog of »Victoria Hamburg«, who met »Kai« on the Internet, who manipulated her for months in order to build a relationship with her;
  2. Then the blog, which was run together with a Twitter profile either by a PR agency or by a man who pretended that a young woman was behind the blog and profile.

Elaborate fakes play a major role in both incidents. In the following, I understand a fake profile to be a profile that pretends that the operator has certain properties that they do not have. These properties are then used to manipulate other people. (Although there are also many machine-operated, automatic fakes, I exclude them here. An interesting quote can be found in the NYT: "Dating sites provide especially fertile ground for socialbots. Swindlers routinely seek to dupe lonely people into sending money to fictitious suitors or to lure viewers toward pay-for-service pornography pages. «)

The point here is not to complain about the fact that social networks offer the possibility of establishing profiles or verification of a state-insured identity. It can be useful and important for many purposes to create invented profiles. I do not consider invented profiles to be reprehensible, even if platforms do not allow them for whatever reason. A problem only arises when other people are harmed.

How do you know whether a profile is fake or not?

  1. Effort does not matter.
    Fake profiles are often maintained intensively over long periods of time. The operators enjoy deceiving other people and accordingly invest a lot of time in their profiles.
  2. Triangulation method.
    It's easy to add another profile to a fake profile that can confirm authenticity if necessary. But as soon as two independent sources are called in, which have also been active for a long time and appear genuine, it becomes difficult to have faked all three profiles.
  3. Check pictures.
    Similar to the verification of messages (the most important principles can be found in Konrad Weber), images often provide information about whether a profile is real or fake. The Google image search makes it possible to search for images similar to an existing one. This can help to find out whether profile pictures are from other people and / or agencies.
  4. Be skeptical about excuses.
    If someone uses the wrong picture or a wrong place of residence, then certain things are difficult (e.g. video telephony, description of the place, meeting, etc.). Excuses are used over and over again to explain why something doesn't work (camera broken, accident, bad experience, etc.). As soon as these excuses contain new information, be careful.
  5. Stay realistic.
    There are certain things that don't happen on social media without being fake: That an attractive person wants to get to know me better, for example. Or that someone praises me excessively, my writing style, my charisma, you name it.
  6. To Google.
    People leave traces in various places that can be found on Google. Information given should be checked again and again.
  7. Check the relationship network.
    Anyone who is active on social media has a similar network of relationships: relatives and school friends on Facebook, old acquaintances and work colleagues on all profiles. If this is not the case with someone, this is an indication of an attempt at deception.
  8. Listen to the judgment of experienced social media users.
    You can't tell by looking at many fake profiles that they are fake. But some of the things that happen there make you suspicious. Before you confide in someone else or cross your own boundaries, you should talk to someone who spends a lot of time on social networks and can assess certain effects.
  9. Distrust your own feelings.
    Those who operate fake profiles are often trained in manipulation. The fact that a good feeling arises and trust is possible can often be a sign that manipulation has occurred.

Too much restraint is not appropriate: Fraudsters are not behind many profiles. But as soon as you are about to enter into an extraordinary relationship or take the statements made on a certain profile as an occasion for certain actions, caution is advised.

I look forward to further information in the comments.

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Posted byPhilippe WampflerPosted in Instructions, RisksTags: Fake Profiles, Konrad Weber, Malte Welding, ochdomino, Victoria Hamburg

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