From OCT-2018 thru MAR-2019, Facebook is reporting an increase in FAKE accounts where impersonators attempt to gain contact with others for fraud, romance scams, or to gleam sensitive information from others

https://www.apnews.com/d276ebdec5224398b9d70a6424bdee7b

Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said Thursday. Nearly all of them were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network.

In a new report, Facebook said it saw a “steep increase” in the creation of abusive, fake accounts. While most of these fake accounts were blocked “within minutes” of their creation, the use of computers to generate millions of accounts at a time meant not only that Facebook caught more of the fake accounts, but that more of them slipped through. As a result, the company estimates that 5% of its 2.4 billion monthly active users are fake accounts, or about 119 million. This is up from an estimated 3% to 4% in the previous six-month report.