Snapchat is the new trend, pretty easy to use, it’s a mobile app through which the users connect to their followers by sharing videos, pictures, drawings, or text. Let’s say it’s summertime, you just had your skin tanned beneath the sun and you decided to share the pictures of your tanned skin and summer body on your story. You log into your Snapchat, post the pictures, and your friends began to give great comments about your “snap”. At that moment someone sends a friend request, no profile picture, high scores, no real name, and lots of followers. Then the doubts set in, this is probably a fake account but the followers on the anonymous follower list are mostly your friends.
Whether you recently got an Add Me request from a celebrity, a stranger, or a friend you hadn’t heard from for some time on your Snapchat account and you sense it is a fake account, you consider blocking the account or reporting it but you then decide against the two options because this person is an old friend of yours. So, you don’t know how to tell if the Snapchat account is fake or not, needless to worry, this article will point your attention to things that distinguish the account as fake or real.
If you know the user of the Snapchat account you can check the Snapchat scores. A snapchat score is the sum total of all the snaps someone has sent and received. For each snap you send to your friend you get one point, and you also get one point for the ones sent to you. But you won’t get points for the stories you post on Snapchat. Having a high number of Snapchat scores and a good reputation on Snapchat will make the profile look so realistic and awesome to users and the stories updated on the account on daily basis will make a user easily believe the Snapchat account is real.
Though people say that if the Snapchat score of a Snapchat account is high, the account is real and it’s old. The latter is not always true. There had been issues whereby a Snapchat score does not prove that the account is real. To discover if the Snapchat account is real or not, you have to follow up with the profile for some days, follow the snap stories and profile pictures your friend updates every now and then. If you discover that the stories links to a real group and everything looks natural, then the account may be real.
Finding Out if a Snapchat Account Is Fake
Let me explain in detail how to find out if the Snapchat account is fake.
- To confirm if the Snapchat account is fake or real, you should try to video chat the person directly and if the person accepts to do that, it means it is not a fake Snapchat account and you have nothing to worry about then.
- Look at the Snapchat scores: as I have stated earlier, the higher the Snapchat score, the higher the probability that it is real but, in some cases, it could still be a fake account. Some accounts have a high Snapchat score because the profile is old. To confirm if the account is real, do the following:
- Look at the profile picture of that individual, check the first set of pictures from the camera roll. At times, looking at the pictures of the person who sent you a friend request could give you the information you seek. Owners of fake accounts barely use their real pictures. It may be a stock picture, or something from Pixel lab. There is a lot you can get from checking the profile picture first.
- Check through the story for the pictures posted too. If the person takes selfies and group pictures, that could also mean the profile is real. You hardly see a fake account user post pictures of him or herself with other people.
- If he doesn’t have existing history. Then the account could be fake. The account holder may have increased the snap chat score through some frivolous means.
- Look at the stories posted on the wall: Most people repost memes or pictures from other people’s accounts. Some also duplicate celebrity accounts. So, try this; search for the name of the account holder on another social media. It could be someone important. And luckily you might see a story posted by the real person whose account was duplicated on his or her social media page reposted on these other fake accounts.
- Look into the list of following or followers list: If the person that owns the account has many people following them, look at some of the profiles of the supposed friends randomly. Some users bought their followers or have a lot of bots following them. Check the activities of the followers, some of the followers gotten from the bots may not have been online for a long time. Some others will look suspicious with weird usernames.
- Track the IP address of the Snapchat account: To discover if the account is a real one or not, track the IP address. You can do this easily with the assistance of the Grabify IP logger tool. The tool works excellently and lets you get the authentic IP address of the user with just a click on the link. First, create content that the person can click on to reveal the IP address. To do that, carry out the following;
- Create a link that is associated with a catchy topic that you think this person will most likely click on to open the link.
- Then search for the Grabify IP logger link and offload the link, select the get tracking code, they will redirect you to another page, from there the shortcut link will be shown to you and the access link will be made available that you can save somewhere for use.
- Share the shortcut link on the Snapchat account that you want to keep tabs on, I will advise you to use a shortcode for an account, then send the link to the user of the account.
- Continue to check the access link, if the person clicks on the link to check the content, the IP address will show on the Grabify, including other information like his location will be shown on the dashboard.
- So, if the IP address is different from the one put up on the Snapchat account or the pictures, he tags his location on then, the account is fake.
- Look for the real name behind the Snapchat chat account username: most fake account owners do not use their real name. To get the real name behind the account is not difficult.
- Simply open your own Snapchat account, ensure you click on the icon on the top left side of the application.
- Then visit the application
- Once you had done that it will show you an option tagged friend.
- Select that option, you will be shown your friend list.
- You can search for the name of the account by the username.
- Tap on the icon on the user’s name. You will see the real name there.
If there is no real name there, it is a fake account. A real account with lots of high scores will have the real name displayed there.
- If the content the person posts daily does not reflect their beliefs or behavior in real life, it isn’t your old-time friend then. Someone else created that account for another purpose.
- If the owner of the account barely engages his followers and the person posts things not related to their interest, this does not mean the account is fake, however, it can signal some red flags, although this is not entirely true because some individuals like to follow the things others do on social media with little interaction.
- If the Add Me request you received is from a celebrity and doesn’t have a verified yellow tick on the right-hand side, the account is probably fake especially if the person is very renowned, has a verified account on Instagram and Facebook. Luckily, Snapchat has a new feature that allows you to search for your favorite celebrity. All you need do is to search for the person. For instance, if you search for Camilla Cabello, a star in a yellow circle will show right beside her name which indicates that the account is authentic, her snap stories will be part of those listed on the official stories title, any account other than this is fake.
What do You do About a Fake Snapchat Account
Once you confirm that an account is fake, blocking or reporting the account you suspect is fake is the best thing to do. Follow these steps to report a fake account on Snapchat
- Click on the fake account user name and hold for some time
- Click on more
- Click on report
As you can see the steps are not rigorous. The Snapchat team will get your report request, consider it and take the necessary actions immediately.