Fake Profiles: How many clues can you spot?

 
 

How many clues can you find in this image which reveal this Google+ profile as fake?

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4 Responses to “Fake Profiles: How many clues can you spot?”

  1. 1) His name isn’t cased properly.

    2) The introduction is poorly phrased, has grammatical errors and doesn’t read well.

    3) Bragging rights has a spelling mistake in the word ‘business’

    4) Education states ‘best public school’ but has bragging rights of an MBA, doesn’t make sense.

    5) Introduction states he lives in Texas, profile says he lives in America.

    6) An other name of Tonny, seems like a strange other name for someone named Ben.

     
  2. Reverse image search reveals another identity.

     
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  3. - If you do reverse image search you find out he is a tennis player born in 1960′s (how accurate is that I am unsure) http://www.evi.com/q/tennis_players_born_in_1969 yet the image is also used on several other image profiles all over the world, stock image alert ;)

    - Add in all the other obvious points.

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    James Norquay

     
  4. In addition:

    - the mismatch between the age of the person in the photo and the dates of education, assuming he’s is not simply a very late bloomer
    - 3x more in his circles than have him in theirs (mind you, he may be just looking for love)
    - something doesn’t ring true about those in his circles, like one of the pics being upside down …. mind you, that might be deliberate
    - says he “lives” in Texas and uses a map to illustrate this but my recollection of the geography of the US says Tulsa is in Oklahoma and Wichita in Kansas. Now frankly if the map had an Apple logo on it this apparent lack or correlation between the map and the real world wouldn’t have been remarkable (yes it was a cheap shot but a shame to have left it on the table) but it seems a genuine Google map
    - The main image is of a genuine, original, hard copy PMS color swatch book that stimulates nostalgia among those who remember what it was like to hold one of these and feel the hushed awe of onlookers knowing you had the Infallible Pantone Book of Truth – and we know these were hunted into extinction during the 1980′s with the last reliable sighting occurring in about 1996, not long after the slide rule still in the wild was acquired by the British Museum. So to so casually show such a priceless object proves he is an impostor as any owner of a genuine PMS book outside the 7 that exist in secure museum vaults would have so much wealth they would not need to work in Texas, Oklahoma or even Kansas

     

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