Test Your Real Knowledge on Fake People

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4 Min Quiz

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We all know that if it sounds or looks too good to be true, then it probably is, whether it's a knockoff Coach bag (the real ones have serial numbers) or that new hot girl you met online (is she really that beautiful?). Can you tell the difference between a real person and a fake one online?

Which of the following is a red-flag warning that your online girlfriend may be a fake?

All of these problems should be considered a warning that there's something hinky rather than hot about your recent online love affair.


Which of the following terms describes someone pretending to be someone they aren't online?

It's known as catfishing when someone adopts a fake online persona (and probably wants you to fall in love with them).


What was the fake name of the fake girlfriend at the center of the Manti Te'o hoax?

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was scammed into thinking a fake persona named Lennay Kekua was his girlfriend.


What's it called when you fake an illness for sympathy?

When a person fakes illness to get sympathy it's called Munchausen syndrome.


True or false: People avoid words such as "I" and "me" when they're lying.

True. When someone is lying they are more likely to talk in third person or skip the pronouns altogether.


When a scammer's target wants to move from Facebook to phone call, how can a male scammer pretend to be a woman, since he (presumably) sounds like a man?

Voice-changing technology may or may not make your voice sound more Darth Vader than delicious lover, but online relationship scammers have been known to use it to their advantage.


Which of the following is a giveaway that someone may be lying to you?

All of these things may indicate that you're being lied to.


True or false: The U.S. military manages a project named the 'online persona project' as part of Operation Earnest Voice.

True. In 2011, news broke that the U.S. military bought itself software to manage fake online identities, called the online persona project.


What is a fake online identity known as?

Fake online personalities are called sock puppets.


If the dreamy man you met on an online dating service doesn't show up in a Google search, does that mean he's not real?

Maybe, but maybe not. While a no-show in Google's search results is odd for most of us real people these days, it's not unheard of. Take this as a warning sign, but it's not absolute proof you're dealing with a faker.


About how often can most people tell if an online dating profile is fake?

We spot deceptive online identities less than 50 percent of the time.


Do all online dating services conduct background checks before allowing a person to post a profile?

No, only some online dating services do background checks.


What's it called when we assume a person has good character because we like one thing about them?

When we like something about someone, such as their looks, we often think of them positively -- even though that belief isn't based in truth or fact.


How much money did Americans lose in online dating scams in 2011?

Victims of online dating scams lost a total of $50 million in 2011.


Hook yourself a looker? What's the best way to verify that the photos of your new friend are legit?

Any and all of these options will help you spot photo fraud.


It might be a fake product review if:

A review that has any or all of these characteristics might not have been written by a real user.


E-mails about banking transactions from which republic are notorious hoaxes?

E-mails from Nigeria requesting your banking information or money -- the Nigerian Bank Advance Fee Fraud money scheme -- are not legit.


In 2011, 46,000 Americans wired how many millions to offshore scammers?

About 46,000 Americans sent more than $144 million to offshore scammers in 2011.


The average Facebook user has 130 friends -- do fake profiles usually have greater or fewer friends?

The average fake Facebook profile has fewer than the average 130 friends.


What about your body language is a clue you're lying?

Humans have many clues that they're lying, including everything from frequent blinking to too little eye contact.


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