When chatting to a stranger online, be it using a random cam site, video chat software, or any other kind of webcam chat, it is important to know that the person you’re chatting to is genuine. Fake webcam software is widely available online and can be downloaded for free meaning everyone has easy access to it and can create a fake webcam feed. Although many people use this to display a funny video or as a prank, some of the people using fake webcam software are dangerous.
A fake webcam feed could actually be perverted men using a video of a younger guy to try and get girls to show for them. They could then record your webcam and use the footage to bribe you. It is also common for people to use fake webcam feeds of girls to try and extort money from you. Being aware of ways to detect a fake webcam can help keep you safe online. The best way to do this is through interaction and here are the 3 best methods of detecting a fake webcam:
Ask Them to Do Something Specific
Asking the person on cam to do a certain action should help you confirm if the feed is genuine or fake. Don’t make the action too easy such as waving or making the peace sign as many people have these actions recorded in their fake stream. Make it a unique request, such as an action that uses both of their hands or their surroundings. You could ask them to do a couple of things in a row if you are still unsure. If the webcam feed is fake it will be obvious as the person you’re watching won’t be able to perform the task you have set them.
Get Them to Make a Sign
Another great way to detect a fake webcam is to get them to make you a sign with your name on it and a specific comment below. If they make an excuse as to why they can’t do this, you should be on alert. If the feed you’re watching is fake there is no way they’ll be able to complete this task. A real person might have a genuine excuse, but, the majority of real people will have access to a pen and a piece of paper to quickly scribble down your name and a comment.
Ask Them to Talk On Their Mic
If the person you’re chatting to has a microphone it is very easy to tell if they are fake or not. If the person is talking and the sound matches the video, they’re displaying appropriate emotion, and they’re visibly speaking through their mic then you can be assured that they’re real. However, if a person has a poor excuse for not having a mic such as they lost their mic, the mic is broken, or their mic doesn’t work then be on alert. If they have little emotion and aren’t reacting to what you are saying then the chances are the webcam feed is fake.