The act of using Facebook
under the guise of a false identity.
The purpose of the identity is to join networks otherwise unavailable to the perpetrator to glean information off of carefully chosen targets. The person may then send a friend request
to his/her target in an attempt to fool the person into believing the person is somewhat trustworthy as the friend request comes from a network to which the target belongs.
A parent might sign up for Facebook as a member of his/her son or daughter's High school, with the intent of some of all of the following:
- to send her child's friends "friend requests" to watch their behavior or subtly coax them to talk about her child
- to watch her child's Facebook announcements and wall
- to monitor her child's comments on other's facebook pages
- to see pictures and other information