For identifying whether a specific profile is fake these studies however only offer vague clues.

Davis calls it the “Nigerian advance fee scam,” as it is thought that the majority of spammers are based in Western Africa.

There are definately a lot of fake Facebook profiles out there.

Very few likes and no comments made it a bit of a strange case.

I did find a few Likes though and decided to have a closer look at those profiles. Google Image Search is a great tool where you can search for images based on other images.

Fake autogenerated profiles offer the creators of those the possibility of spamming your wall with weird content and also bloat the number of fans for certain pages.

There are some studies of fake Facebook profiles that indicate that fake profiles have a higher average number of friends and most often identify themselves as females.

To identify rogue behavior, the algorithm factors in the user’s login location, IP address, profile photo, and behavior patterns.

Additionally, the system can detect “bots,” often operated by organized crime gangs, which create profiles and engage real members in automated scripted conversations designed to elicit payment.

Once they’ve made contact, they will typically request to move the conversation to a private instant messaging service.