The Bible warns about false prophets. I would like to suggest ways to recognize them. These are not foolproof so I am open for suggestions too.
1. False prophets will not admit they are false, we have to investigate their claims.Investigation through the Bible is best but one needs to know the Bible real well because false prophets "know" the Bible too.
2. False prophets use deception, they will cite reliable sources like Bible verses then mention unreliable sources and present them as truth.
3. Naturally false prophets won't be honest ,they have ways to make themselves look good. One way is they will discredit the real ones.
4. Since the Bible says " all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God", all of us qualify as false prophets, that is why being born again is important. The Bible says if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature behold all things have become new.
5. False prophets' have false doctrines that make them false. Some false doctrines are easily recognizable but some are still being debated. Two of my beliefs for example are still being debated like I believe in Trinity andthe rapture. Some believe these are false , some believe they are true. I leave these matters in God's hand.
How are these for a start ? Just in case you think I am pointing at you, look at item #4.