Not As They Seem
Recently I have helped several friends and colleagues deal with a scary Facebook scheme. The first email from them always starts with concern because their friends are getting friend requests from them on Facebook. It is a huge red flag because they are already connected as friends, and they sent no such requests. Many people assume, incorrectly, that their account has been hacked.
The real cause is often that someone (or an automated bot) has made a new account in that person’s name. They even copy the profile picture and banner photo. After closer inspection, the imposter’s account is clearly fake. It doesn’t display the history of posts, pictures, and other personal information. It is just a shell. The goal is simply to become friends with as many of your real friends as possible, presumably for data mining. Most people see a name and face in the friend request and accept it without questioning or investigating first.