Fake Accounts Following Real Users

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  1. GeorgeXu profile image78
    GeorgeXuposted 9 months ago

    I see that there are fake accounts that follow real users. What is their reason for doing so?

    Not really an issue for me but some one recently followed me and I checked their account only to find them empty. Their activity was following similar empty profiles created recently which made my suspicion raised.

    Addendum: This account in question: https://hubpages.com/@katiebl220
    (Check their activity to see other similar empty accounts)

  2. FatFreddysCat profile image97
    FatFreddysCatposted 9 months ago

    Either a spammer or a potential article thief (or both). Report them (I did).

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image97
      FatFreddysCatposted 9 months agoin reply to this

      ...aaaaaaaand he/she/it is buh-buh-buh-banned!

  3. FatFreddysCat profile image97
    FatFreddysCatposted 8 months ago

    Yo, Powers That Be, here's another one

    https://hubpages.com/@stive10

    No articles, but following 400+ people. "About" section of his/her/its profile is an advert offering "social media services" or some such jibba-jabba.

    1. lobobrandon profile image89
      lobobrandonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      You've got to admit that the person is extremely efficient in following people. The number of follows per minute impresses me.

      1. ziyena profile image93
        ziyenaposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        lol!

    2. ziyena profile image93
      ziyenaposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      This one friended me as well … reported for review

    3. FatFreddysCat profile image97
      FatFreddysCatposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      This guy/gal/bot  (whatever it may be) is now following 546 people. Still hasn't posted an article or made a forum post. Nah, that's not too fishy.

    4. FatFreddysCat profile image97
      FatFreddysCatposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      This guy is now following 1600+ users. Still no articles or forum posts.

      Are the Powers That Be ignoring it, or are they gonna let 'em set some kind of "following" record first before banning him/her/it?

      1. theraggededge profile image96
        theraggededgeposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        I've flagged him as a spammer - see the About on his profile. It's an advert.

        1. FatFreddysCat profile image97
          FatFreddysCatposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          I've done the same, several times. Still hangin' in there though!

          1. Dean Traylor profile image94
            Dean Traylorposted 8 months agoin reply to this

            Flagged him, as well. I guess more people that flag these sites will alert admin about the situation.

      2. FatFreddysCat profile image97
        FatFreddysCatposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Now following 1700+ users.

        How many times we gotta flag this dude before the Powers That Be push the button on him??

        1. Lovelli Fuad profile image97
          Lovelli Fuadposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          Reaching 1800s when our guy started following my profile.

          1. FatFreddysCat profile image97
            FatFreddysCatposted 8 months agoin reply to this

            Now over 1900!

            1. FatFreddysCat profile image97
              FatFreddysCatposted 7 months agoin reply to this

              Our boy is now "following" over 2100 users. I've given up flagging his profile. He must have blackmail photos of the HP Powers That Be.

              1. FatFreddysCat profile image97
                FatFreddysCatposted 7 months agoin reply to this

                That dude is FINALLY banned! Better late than never, I guess.

                1. chef-de-jour profile image98
                  chef-de-jourposted 7 months agoin reply to this

                  FFS At Last!!

  4. GeorgeXu profile image78
    GeorgeXuposted 8 months ago

    Btw, how did you report the user?
    I can only see a Report button on hubs but not for users

    1. theraggededge profile image96
      theraggededgeposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Go to their profile. You'll see a Report link, top right.

      1. GeorgeXu profile image78
        GeorgeXuposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        OH, I see it. Thanks!

  5. Lovelli Fuad profile image97
    Lovelli Fuadposted 8 months ago

    What about an account with no articles, one forum post, only following 1 person ex: https://hubpages.com/@salvationzeal. Should I report my follower?

    1. theraggededge profile image96
      theraggededgeposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      No. Unless you can identify their post as spam. They may have only joined in order to post. or to follow you.

      They've already gone.

      1. Lovelli Fuad profile image97
        Lovelli Fuadposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you theraggededge for replying. I did not report. But I do have a history of repeat followers to monitor. Yikes.

        1. theraggededge profile image96
          theraggededgeposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          Why worry about it? No need to monitor them. They cannot affect you and you don't have to approve their comments smile

          1. Lovelli Fuad profile image97
            Lovelli Fuadposted 8 months agoin reply to this

            Personal reasons.

            But aside from my personality, HP FAQs also says that "Your followers may also be more likely to submit your article to social sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, which could potentially send your traffic through the roof." So if I can, I would like to have a meaningful relationship with my followers so that the potential of sending my traffic to the roof increases...

            I can't wait to see the roof.

            1. lobobrandon profile image89
              lobobrandonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

              I've seen the roof. It's pretty low.

              1. theraggededge profile image96
                theraggededgeposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                Yep, and that Facebook traffic is very transient. Lovely, but over in the blink of an eye. Google is where it's at.

                1. lobobrandon profile image89
                  lobobrandonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                  Yup, slow and steady wins the race.

                  1. Lovelli Fuad profile image97
                    Lovelli Fuadposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                    Thank you yuppers!

  6. Lady Lorelei profile image89
    Lady Loreleiposted 8 months ago

    I also have a few of these but have not reported any. I guess I should as the scammers sure like to copy articles. It never stops.

  7. Rupert Taylor profile image95
    Rupert Taylorposted 8 months ago

    I'm disappointed he hasn't followed me. He probably likes rutabagas. That must be the explanation.

    1. DrMark1961 profile image96
      DrMark1961posted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Anti-Canadian? (Now there is not one you hear very often.)

    2. FatFreddysCat profile image97
      FatFreddysCatposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Haters gonna hate, rutabagas gonna rutabate.

      1. DrMark1961 profile image96
        DrMark1961posted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Is that a quote from the philosopher Eminem?

        1. FatFreddysCat profile image97
          FatFreddysCatposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          Pfffft. Eminem wishes he had my skillz. I taught him everything he knows.

 
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