How to Spot Fake Instagram Followers [Free Instagram Audit Tool] (2024)

Influencer marketing can produce incredible results for brands that use it well. Influencer Marketing Hub undertook a survey in 2017 and discovered that the respondents had received a return of $7.65 for every dollar they spent on influencer marketing. However, the results varied. The top 15% received more than $20 for every influencer dollar spent, but 25% either lost money or just broke even. One reason for firms losing money was because they picked poor influencers. They didn't check the authenticity of their influencers or whether they had audience credibility.

As influencer marketing becomes more popular, almost mainstream, influencer selection becomes even more pivotal to a campaign’s success. However, the main prerequisite for a campaign to work is that it uses genuine influencers to spread the brand’s message. There are unscrupulous people online who like the reputation and perks of being considered an influencer, without doing the work needed to reach that status. Moreover, some companies have had their campaigns come unstuck because of these pseudo-influencers.

In short, an influencer has to influence people, have their respect and encourage them to take action. If an “influencer” can’t do that, then they are unworthy of the title.Influencers Marketing Hub’s Fake Follower Checker [Instagram Audit Tool], can help you spot fake or misstated accounts on Instagram.

How to Spot Fake Instagram Followers [Free Instagram Audit Tool & Fake Follower Check]:

  • Most People Suffer From Fake Instagram Followers
  • Why People Buy Followers
  • Signs of a Fake Follower
  • Frequently Asked Questions

FREE Instagram Audit Tool [Fake Follower & Audience Credibility Checker]

Take away much of your worry about the credibility of potential influencers. You can enter any influencer's Instagram handle into the Instagram Bot Analytics Tool [Instagram Audit - Fake Follower & Audience Credibility Checker] and it will give you an excellent guide to the genuineness of the account.

Do note that this tool is provided by Hypeauditor, for any questions pertaining to a quality score please reach out them directly. Hypeauditor provides this data to publishers, agencies and brands. Accuracy of results are in no way guaranteed by Influencer Marketing Hub.

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This tool is provided by Hypeauditor. Influencer Marketing Hub in no way guarantees accuracy of these results. Results are generated by Hypeauditors own algorithms. For any questions please reach out directly to Hypeauditor. Use the above Fake Follower Checker to do an Instagram Audit of your account. The tool takes into account factors such as the account's avatar, number of accounts followed vs following ratio, following, fake followers, number of posts, number of likes received vs number of likes ratio in an attempt to establish the audience quality score of the Instagram account.

You should find that any real influencers who work at ensuring their audience is genuine, will attain scores of 80 or above. Anybody who scores poorly would be of little value to your business, and a potential waste of your investment if you were to pay them to promote your product or service.

Most People Suffer From Fake Instagram Followers

The days are long gone since you could say, “It must be true – I read it on the internet.” You cannot just assume that if somebody claims they large numbers of followers on Instagram, that these people take any interest in the person’s account – or indeed that these followers are real people at all.

Unscrupulous people boost their follower numbers by buying followers. Sometimes these are real people, happy to earn extra cash. Other times these are fake accounts set up by bots. No matter how they are created, the fake followers will not engage with the “influencer’s” posts in any way and are of no value to a brand wanting to work with him or her.

Instagram (or indeed the other social networks) cannot eliminate all fake accounts. Determined scammers will always find a way around any security mechanisms Instagram can put in place. So it is up to brands (and indeed genuine influencers) to hunt out and find fake followers.

It is important to remember that it is not just people wanting to inflate their follower lists who have fake followers. Virtually everybody on Instagram has some. This includes genuine influencers (and probably your own account). That is why it is unlikely that our Audience Credibility Checker [Bot Checker] will show your account as having 100% credible followers. Even our Influencer Marketing Hub Instagram account can't quite make an Audience Credibility Score of 100 (it was 99.21% when we last checked), and we make scrupulous checks to ensure only genuine accounts follow us.

Why People Buy Followers

Some people mistakenly think that the most important factor for social media success is the number of followers somebody has. So, they try to take a shortcut to their success and pay to buy followers. They equate the number of followers you display with your level of popularity.

However, that is not how social media works. Anybody can buy followers. But, you will not be an influencer unless you can influence people. You need to become a thought leader in your niche, and organically build your following.

The problem with buying followers is that it gives you a very unbalanced account. You have thousands of followers, but little engagement. The only person you influence is yourself, and it is not that hard for anyone analyzing your account to spot what you have done.

Signs of a Fake Follower

The easiest way to spot a fake follower is to enter their account name into our Audience Credibility Checker / Bot Checker. Although most people won’t have perfect scores here, you will notice accounts with particularly low credibility scores.

But what makes a fake follower? How can you say somebody isn’t a genuine follower? Here are some of the danger signs to look for in an Instagram account.

1. An account has “unusual” numbers.

Genuine accounts tend to have similar patterns when it comes to numbers of followers, people followed, and levels of engagement. Although everybody operates their accounts differently, and some “newbies” don’t run their accounts like seasoned Instagrammers, you can still easily spot outliers.

For instance, they may like and follow thousands of people, but don’t have many following them in return. Perhaps they don’t make many if any, posts themselves. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they are a bot, but it does suggest that will be of little value as a follower. They definitely don’t influence anybody.

Genuine influencers will have more followers than accounts they follow – often by a substantial margin. For instance, we recently looked at the Top 10 Instagram fitness models. Sommer Ray tops that list. She has 26.4 million followers, but only follows 586 accounts in return.

Even the 10th person on our list, Izabel Goulart, has a one-sided ratio: 4.6 million followers to 539 accounts followed.

An ordinary Instagrammer may have a rate closer to 1:1, but nobody (apart from perhaps a complete “newbie”) should have substantially more accounts followed than followers.

Similarly, you should look at a potential influencer’s engagement rate. A quality influencer will have engagement (likes and comments) of about 1.5-3% of their followers, e.g., if an influencer has 100,000 followers, you should see 1,500 – 3,000 likes and comments (combined) on an average post. An engagement rate of 1 percent is okay for many influencers, depending on their niche. If an “influencer’s” engagement rate for his/her posts is regularly well below than this, you should be suspicious, however.

Don’t think higher is necessarily better, however. An engagement rate of 10 percent plus could be suspicious. If you see engagement rates that high, the influencer could be using artificial engagement techniques, such as being part of an engagement group (influencers work together, commenting and liking each other’s posts to boost their statistics).

2. A lot of action for a few days, but then little other activity.

Often somebody will create a bot that follows hundreds or thousands of people on the day of its creation. It may even share some content on that day to make it look genuine. Once the bot has followed sufficient people, it stops and relies on people not checking their accounts and unfollowing the fake account.

Genuine influencers tend to have relatively steady growth in their follower numbers. The rate of increase may grow once they are recognized as an influencer, but they will not have a massive burst of followers in a short period of time (as most fake accounts do).

3. Empty, Hidden or Copied Profile Sections

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People creating fake accounts usually don’t put much effort into creating realistic-sounding bios. Sometimes they just leave the bio section blank, or they just fill in the minimum details. They sometimes even adjust the settings to make the profile hidden. This makes your investigation harder, as you can't see their details. You should ask yourself, however, how genuine is somebody who hides their bio details. Are they likely to make an engaging, dedicated follower?

Similarly, you should consider a lack of a profile picture to be a red flag, particularly in a visual medium like Instagram.

In some cases, unscrupulous Instagrammers “catfish” you by creating totally fake bios, often using somebody else’s picture. These are frequently just images picked up from stock photo sites.

4. Spammy, Irrelevant and Clueless Comments

Some of the smarter bot accounts (and even some of the more dishonest human-operated accounts) create comments to make them appear genuine. The problem is that these comments are generic and lack substance. For instance, you might spot that an account continually comments “good picture” or “good job.”

While these comments are technically engagement, they have no value to a brand that is hoping for an influencer to persuade his / her followers that the brand’s product will be suitable for them.

Likewise, some accounts leave irrelevant spam comments, obviously trying to sell something. Sometimes these are poorly thought through and executed sales tactics. In other cases they are more sinister, encouraging you to leave contact information, so they steal your identity.

You can also try the Instagram Money Calculator out to see what your posts are worth.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you spot fake followers on Instagram?

As we have written about in this article, our free Instagram Audit Tool [Fake Follower & Audience Credibility Checker) can help you spot whether any Instagram account has fake followers and likes. It gives you an excellent guide to the genuineness of the account. Any genuine influencers will achieve scores of 80 or above. Anybody who scores poorly would be of little value to you. If your own account scores lowly, you need to spend time identifying and deleting your fake followers.

How can you tell if Instagram followers are fake?

If your account scores poorly in our Instagram Audit Tool, you probably have a high proportion of fake followers. You need to look at your followers and delete any that look suspicious. You should identify any followers with:
1) An account with "unusual" numbers
2) A lot of action for a few days, but then little other activity
3) Empty, Hidden or Copied Profile Sections
4) Spammy, Irrelevant and Clueless Comments

Why do fake Instagram accounts follow me?

There is, unfortunately, a large business of buying and selling fake Instagram followers. Why do people do it? They do it to boost their engagement numbers. Some people want to increase their own follower numbers to make their accounts look more important and active than they really are. They deliberately pay for fake people and bots to follow them. For this to work, however, the fake accounts need to look genuine. So they follow legitimate accounts in the hope that these people follow them back.

How do you spot a fake influencer?

By definition, an "influencer" should be able to influence the decisions of others. Therefore, they need to come across as genuine and knowledgeable in their posts. Unfortunately, some so-called influencers try to make themselves appear more popular than they actually are. They do this by buying fake followers to boost their follower numbers. If you suspect a potential influencer has done this, you can put their account through our free Instagram Audit Tool. Real influencers produce scores of 80 or higher.

Is Instagram cleaning fake followers?

Buying fake followers is very much against Instagram's terms and conditions. Therefore, they are always on the look-out for such practices. Instagram regularly removes accounts it suspects of leaving spam comments and following / unfollowing thousands of unrelated accounts. Instagram has stated that people who use fake follower services may also be punished. Instagram says it may limit access to certain features for such accounts. Therefore, if you notice that your follower numbers have dropped, it may be because some were fake, and Instagram removed them.

Should you buy Instagram followers?

You should never buy Instagram followers. Most of these accounts will either be bots, fake accounts, or disinterested people who have let their accounts be used in return for payment. None of these accounts will look at your posts or participate in any genuine engagement. Over time most of these accounts will disappear from your Followers list, either because they have unfollowed you or because Instagram will have spotted them and removed them from the platform.

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How can you tell if Instagram followers are fake? ›

How to Spot Fake Instagram Followers
  1. A significantly unbalanced ratio between the number of followers and the number of accounts followed. ...
  2. Very limited profile information.
  3. The account has little to no posts of their own.
  4. An unusually low or high engagement rate.
  5. Generic comments and posts.

How do you find bot followers on Instagram? ›

To figure out if an Instagram account uses a bot, consider these five tips: Take a look at the account's comments on other people's posts. If the comments are repeatedly generic, i.e. "Pretty pic," its a sign there's a bot behind the profile. Check if the account has tons of followers, but terrible content.

How do you know if a Instagram account is real? ›

Here are seven red flags to keep an eye out for if you're trying to root them out:
  1. It Has A Generic Bio. ...
  2. It Doesn't Have Many Posts. ...
  3. The Posts It Does Have Promote A Product. ...
  4. Its Followers Are Random. ...
  5. It's Following A Lot Of Other Accounts. ...
  6. It Was Created Recently. ...
  7. The Accounts Have Irrelevant Comments.
23 Sept 2019

Does Instagram remove fake followers? ›

This November, Instagram made a very important announcement. In an effort to steer the platform clear off inauthentic activities, Instagram will be deleting fake Instagram followers. Instagram wants to provide a completely authentic, genuine experience to its users.

What do bots look like on Instagram? ›

Profile Picture, Username, Bio

Often if the username is a string of jumbled letters and numbers, there is a good chance it is a bot. You might also notice the profile picture is missing, or shows up in a reverse image search, meaning it has been used many times on the internet.

How do I get rid of fake followers? ›

Instagram Spring Cleaning - Removing Bots + Fake Followers

What do bots do on Instagram? ›

The idea quickly explained: Social bots automatically comment, like and follow other users on Instagram 24/7 after selecting certain hashtags. This brings accounts a lot of interaction with relevant content and users. This interaction then generates many new likes and followers for their own Instagram profile.

What percentage of followers are bots? ›

While Twitter says that bot accounts make up about 5 percent of its monetizable daily active users, which was 237.8 million in Q2 of this year, outside estimates put that number as much as three times higher.

How do Instagram accounts get hacked? ›

Instagram hacks usually happen when attackers find your account information and password details after a data breach, getting access through phishing or third-party apps. Instagram hacks can happen regardless of the device you use to post to your social media account.

Who viewed Instagram profile? ›

Instagram doesn't allow users to see who views their profile. So if you look through someone's profile and don't like or comment on a post, there's no way for them to know who sees the pictures.

Is it possible to buy real Instagram followers? ›

So yes, you can buy Instagram followers, but it can do a lot more harm than good for your brand. Instead, you're better off gaining followers organically. It might take more time and require more effort, but at least you'll know those followers are real and not just bots that you paid to follow you.

How much are Instagram bots? ›

Instagram Bot: $15/month.

Is it legal to buy followers on Instagram? ›

Yes. You are allowed to buy followers on Instagram. The Instagram bots and algorithm allow you to purchase followers because they know that everyone is doing it to boost their number of followers on social media.

How can I audit my Instagram for free? ›

Iconsquare does offer a free Instagram Audit to help people analyze their accounts, however. You can connect your Instagram, enter your email address, and they will send you a free review that tells you where you're shining and where you're falling flat.

How do you profile audit? ›

How to do a social media audit in 9 steps
  1. 01 Create a spreadsheet. ...
  2. 02 Define goals of social media strategy. ...
  3. 03 Create a list of all your social media profiles. ...
  4. 04 Make sure your branding is consistent. ...
  5. 05 Identify the social media metrics that matter. ...
  6. 06 Identify content that matters. ...
  7. 07 Conduct sentiment analysis.
14 Mar 2022

Why you need an Instagram audit? ›

An Instagram audit is an opportunity to ensure your account is aligned with your business goals. Think of it as spring cleaning — only instead of dusting ceiling fans, you're polishing up your Instagram content.

What are ghost followers on Instagram? ›

What are Instagram ghost followers? Ghost followers are inactive or fake Instagram accounts that may follow you, contributing to your overall follower count. However, they never interact with your content. Sometimes these accounts are created by real people who simply don't use their account.

What does 10k followers mean on Instagram? ›

The milestone comes with an immediate, tangible benefit. Once you have 10k followers, Instagram will make it easier for you to get people to your website via Stories with the swipe up to link feature. Swipe up is the only way to get a direct link from your Instagram to your other web properties.

Why do I get bot followers on Instagram? ›

Instagram follower bots are used to increase the number of followers on an Instagram account, as well as to increase the visibility and engagement of posts. They are used by Instagram account holders to increase a following quickly, but they should be used with caution, as they may violate Instagram's terms of use.

Are there any free Instagram bots? ›

Bot4Gram is one of those rare Instagram bots that offer a free service for their basic features. You can download their latest version easily from their website and quickly start automating your Instagram for free.

Do bots have private accounts? ›

Putting your account on private will only hinder the bots temporarily whilst you get the situation under control. But as soon as you put your account on public, the bots could start again. Bots do not tend to follow private accounts as it is easier to spot, especially if the bots were not bought by that user.

How do you know if someone is spamming you on Instagram? ›

How to Spot Instagram Spam Messages?
  1. No Posts or Profile Pictures. Most Instagram fake accounts have weird usernames. ...
  2. Spammy and Irrelevant Comments. As Instagram bots are not that clever to understand a post's context, they leave irrelevant comments. ...
  3. Low Engagement Rate. ...
  4. Low Followers to Following Ratio.
20 Apr 2021

How do I delete ghost followers on Instagram? ›

Go to the profile of the inactive ghost follower that you want to force unfollow you. Tap on the three dots in the top right corner. Tap Remove Follower. Tap Remove.

How do I stop bot followers on Instagram? ›

To block a bot account, visit the bot's profile then click the three dots on the upper-right corner of the screen. Click “block.” This will block the account and consequently remove it from your followers list.

Should I remove fake followers? ›

If you've bought followers or have been sent fake followers, you should be removing them from your account. These are mostly spam bots and your account does not need them. Alternatively, if you've drastically changed your niche, clearing out old followers who aren't interacting with your content is a good idea.

What is an example of a bot? ›

Examples of bots

Instant messenger apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Slack. Chatbots such as Google Assistant and Siri. The World Health Organization built a bot on WhatsApp to share public information related to the coronavirus pandemic.

How do you stop bots? ›

Here are nine recommendations to help stop bot attacks.
  1. Block or CAPTCHA outdated user agents/browsers. ...
  2. Block known hosting providers and proxy services. ...
  3. Protect every bad bot access point. ...
  4. Carefully evaluate traffic sources. ...
  5. Investigate traffic spikes. ...
  6. Monitor for failed login attempts.

What is Instapy? ›

Tooling that automates your social media interactions to “farm” Likes, Comments, and Followers on Instagram Implemented in Python using the Selenium module.

Are follower audits safe? ›

FollowerAudit is used in our department to check fake followers of business and influencer accounts. It is one of the most reliable tools and has given us excellent service, [and we] haven't faced any problems so far.

Who unfollowed me on Instagram? ›

Open Instagram and go to your Profile, located at the bottom-most right. Tap on your Followers list at the top. Using the search bar, type in the name of the account who you think might've unfollowed you. If you're unsure about the name, look through the list to find the user.

How many fake Instagram accounts are there? ›

Instagram has an estimated 95 million fake accounts. With a total userbase of around 1 billion, that means roughly 1 in 10 Instagram accounts are fake.

How many reports does it take to delete an Instagram account? ›

3 Instagram issues warnings before deleting accounts. 4 Too many warnings will result in account deletion. 5 Multiple reports can draw attention to your account.

Can someone change my Instagram password? ›

If someone attempts to reset your password, Instagram will send you an email informing you of the change—and that means you need to act fast. “I take immediate action as soon as I get a notification or email from Instagram letting me know there was suspicious activity on any of the accounts I manage,” says Krull.

How do I get my Instagram account back? ›

To request a login link:
  1. On the login screen, tap Get help logging in. ...
  2. Enter the username, email address, or phone number associated with your account, then tap Next. ...
  3. Complete the captcha to confirm that you are a real human (web-only recovery).
  4. Select either your email address or phone number, then tap Next.

Can you see how many times someone viewed your Instagram story? ›

To look at who's seen your story, first open your story. On the bottom left, you'll see the number of people who have viewed each photo or video in your story. To see all usernames of the people who have viewed your story, tap on the profile pictures on the bottom left.

Can you see who saves your pictures on Instagram? ›

Instagram app for Android and iPhone

Tap or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile. Tap , then tap Saved. Only you can see the posts you've saved. When you save someone's post, they're not able to tell that you've saved it.

How can you see who looks at your Instagram 2022? ›

As of now, Instagram doesn't provide you with the information as to who has viewed your Instagram profile. Sure, you do get access to a list of the people who have viewed your stories and liked your posts or reels. But the people who may have visited your profile remain hidden from your sight.

How much does 1k followers make on Instagram? ›

Micro-influencers (between 1,000 and 10,000 followers) make an average $1,420 per month. Mega-influencers (more than one million followers) make $15,356 per month.

What is the best website for free Instagram followers? ›

Top 5 Best Free Instagram Followers Providers in 2021 (Price & Features)
Recommended SitesRatings From 0-5Instagram Free Followers
1. Famoid4.6/5Yes
2. Skweezer4.5/5Yes
3. Turbo Followers4.4/5Yes
4. Plusmein4.2/5Yes
1 more row
25 Sept 2019

Is Instagram Bot safe? ›

Bots have a bad reputation. If you use them incorrectly or too aggressively, Instagram will block your account. It's against the terms of service. In saying that, if you use bots in the right way, your interactions will look natural, and you'll never get found out.

What is the best bot for Instagram? ›

The Main Instagram Bots
  • Instagram Bot Follower – Still the best Instagram bot we've found by far - #1.
  • Growth Beast - An new affordable Chrome Extension automation platform - #2.
  • Inflact– Solid automation experience - #3.
  • Fanjet - Quick, safe, and effective service - #4.
  • Instamber - Quick set up and easy to use - #5.

Do celebrities buy Instagram followers? ›

Brands have gotten better at spotting fake followers, usually by calculating a celebrity's engagement rates. So some celebrities have adjusted: not only are they buying followers, they're also buying likes to make sure their engagement rate looks high at first glance.

How do you prove someone has fake followers? ›

Signs of a Fake Follower
  1. An account has “unusual” numbers. ...
  2. A lot of action for a few days, but then little other activity. ...
  3. Empty, Hidden or Copied Profile Sections. ...
  4. Spammy, Irrelevant and Clueless Comments.
17 Aug 2022

How can you tell fake followers? ›

How to Spot Fake Instagram Followers
  1. A significantly unbalanced ratio between the number of followers and the number of accounts followed. ...
  2. Very limited profile information.
  3. The account has little to no posts of their own.
  4. An unusually low or high engagement rate.
  5. Generic comments and posts.

Will Instagram delete my account if I buy followers? ›

Will Instagram close your account if you purchase followers? No. Instagram will not close your account if you buy followers. Tens of thousands of people are purchasing followers every month from the 20 best sites to buy Instagram followers that are real and active, and no one gets their account closed.

How can I trace a fake Instagram account? ›

Yes, your Instagram account can be traced on such social media platforms where users upload their pictures for the world to see. It's easy to trace accounts with the help of the IP address location from where the media content was uploaded. And this can be done through various IP services like IP2Location.

Why am I getting fake followers on Instagram? ›

One of the main reasons for getting many spammy random followers on Instagram is bot activities. In the past few years, bot activities have pestered many Instagram accounts. These bots rely on your account to keep their activities.

How can you tell if someone is buying likes? ›

On that note, here are some dead giveaways for users who buy Instagram likes:
  1. Look through their followers' profiles. ...
  2. Look at the user's engagement. ...
  3. Check if any “buying” services follow the account. ...
  4. Tools like SocialBlade or FollowerCheck can help you to understand whether or not a profile has fake followers.

Can you track an Instagram account? ›

There are three key ways to track an Instagram account: manually, with a spyware app, or with Snoopreport.

Can police track an Instagram account? ›

The police cannot search your phone without a search warrant. However, nothing prevents the police from looking at your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter page from their own computers. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects people from unreasonable searches by the police.

Who is owner of Instagram account? ›

Instagram is an American photo and video sharing social networking service founded in 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and later acquired by American company Facebook Inc., now known as Meta Platforms.

Does removing fake followers help? ›

Nevertheless, if we take a look at a full picture, fake followers undermine the stats of your account without the possibility to restore it. So, the main reasons you should delete fake followers with no regrets: They decrease your engagement rate. Brands don't like to work with influencers with high percent of bots.

What do bots look like on Instagram? ›

Profile Picture, Username, Bio

Often if the username is a string of jumbled letters and numbers, there is a good chance it is a bot. You might also notice the profile picture is missing, or shows up in a reverse image search, meaning it has been used many times on the internet.

How do I stop bot followers on Instagram? ›

To block a bot account, visit the bot's profile then click the three dots on the upper-right corner of the screen. Click “block.” This will block the account and consequently remove it from your followers list.

Does Instagram pay for likes? ›

No. Instagram is never paying you, so you need to be creative.

Can buying Instagram followers get you banned? ›

No. This is a myth. Buying followers will NOT get you banned, ever. Millions of users are purchasing followers every year to boost their number of followers, and no one ever gets banned for doing so.

Can I buy Instagram followers? ›

In short–yes, you can buy Instagram followers, but it's not always so simple. Buying Instagram followers isn't cheap, and these followers are often bots who don't engage with your profile by liking and commenting on your posts.

How can I find out if someone is using a fake picture? ›

How to Search with Fake Image Detector. Download and install the Fake Image Detector app from the Chrome or Firefox app stores. Open the app and select one of two options: Choose from gallery — This provides access to places where photos are stored on your phone so you can perform a reverse image search.

How can you tell if someone is catfishing you on Instagram? ›

Here's what to look out for if you think you might be getting catfished.
  1. They refuse to video chat with you. ...
  2. They can never send you a selfie in the moment. ...
  3. They won't talk on the phone with you. ...
  4. They always have a reason they can't meet up in person. ...
  5. The people you trust in your life seem suspicious.
12 Sept 2018

How can you tell if someone is using someone else's picture? ›

Start by doing a reverse image search on the image you were sent. If the results coroborate what you were told, that's fairly good evidence (though not absolutely conclusive). If the result shows you different details, you know you're being conned. If you can't find the image, you remain in the dark.

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