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Test Your Real Knowledge on Fake People
by Staff
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?

  • doesn't show up when you arrange to meet
  • lives overseas
  • suddenly needs a large sum of money
  • all of the above

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

  • fishing
  • catfishing
  • gaslighting

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

  • Lennay Kekua
  • Diane O'Meara
  • Ronaiah Tuiasosopo

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

  • Munchausen syndrome
  • Dandy-Walker syndrome
  • Asperger syndrome

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

  • true
  • false

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
  • borrow the voice of a female relative or friend
  • always let the call go to a voicemail service

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

  • the person fidgets
  • the person has a well-rehearsed answer for everything
  • the person swears on his mother's grave
  • all of the above

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

  • true
  • false

What is a fake online identity known as?

  • straw man
  • troll
  • meat puppet
  • sock puppet

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?

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe yes, maybe no

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

  • less than 50 percent of the time
  • more than 50 percent of the time
  • more than 85 percent of the time

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

  • yes, all do
  • no, only some do
  • no, none do

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

  • the butterfly effect
  • the hummingbird effect
  • the halo effect

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

  • $8,900
  • $387,000
  • $50 million
  • $252 million

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

  • Do a Google image search on the person.
  • Use a reverse image search engine.
  • Check the EXIF data in the digital image properties.
  • all of the above

It might be a fake product review if:

  • The reviewer has only written one review on the site, and it's very positive.
  • The reviewer loved everything about the product.
  • The review has exceptional, in-depth knowledge of a new product.
  • all of the above

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

  • Fiji
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria

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

  • $44,000
  • $144,000
  • $144 million

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

  • greater
  • fewer

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

  • You blink frequently.
  • The tone or pitch of your voice changes.
  • You make too much or too little eye contact.
  • all of the above