I have a minimal and minimally active Facebook account. Over the past couple of weeks I have been getting two or three notifications per day, telling me that Soandso (a person of whom I have never heard) has accepted my "friend" request. I have NEVER issued a "friend" request on Facebook. I have maybe a couple of dozen "friends" - all people I have known in person for years - based on their requests, never the other way round. I have no particular reason to consider any of the recent "new friends" to be dangerous or sinister persons, but they are from circles to which I have no particular connection - I am not a fitness trainer, nor a member of the Navajo tribe, nor a resident of Tamil Nadu, nor a Chinese business person, etc. etc. etc.
I DO speak several languages and have a fairly wide range of international contacts. I AM an academic scientist (biologist), naturalist, hunter, falconer with some ties to the Arab world, SCUBA diving instructor, sailor, dog breeder (and geneticist), photographer, and have some contact with the world of Arabian horses. My most recent occupation is as General Manager of a small water district in California. None of my "new friends" seem to fit that pattern.
I repeat, I sometimes receive "friend" requests from people with some connection to what I am and/or what I do, and I sometimes accept those, but I have never issued a "friend" request on Facebook. I have had the account there for quite some time - nearly two years I think - but this is the first time this kind of thing has shown up.
I have spent some time browsing the Facebook "help" options without finding any obvious way to ask the Facebook staff how to deal with this situation. I am asking here just in case there is someone who knows an easy answer - including how to navigate the Facebook reporting system.
Thanks to anyone who can enlighten me,