HOW TO: Report Fake Facebook Profile Account

FacebookFacebook is the most popular social network site in the world, but unfortunately, it is also one of the popular target amongst phishers and other social engineers. Tonnes of Fake Profiles and the game is to identify which one is genuine.

Believe me, if you find a fake profile with your real name then it may be a sign of serious identity theft. They would have imitated your profile and prepared it for some illegal online activities or they may even use against you. They will also use to bully you or in other words, Cyber Bullying.

Facebook fake profile holders have the same intention as Phishers, they will use your name to obtain more info. It is not difficult to identify Facebook fake profile, you just have to do a basic checkup. You can report a fake Facebook profile in two cases.

  • 1. You are in Facebook, and someone is impersonating you.
  • 2. You are not in Facebook, and someone is impersonating you.

You can also do the same for your friend if they are facing the same issue. Try to provide genuine details while reporting.

1. You are in Facebook, and someone is impersonating you

The easiest way to do this to ‘report’ that profile. Just go to that fake profile. Click that ‘settings’ icon and select ‘Report/Block’.

report fb fake profile

and you’ll get another popup, there you have to select the ‘Report’ type. Select ‘This profile/timeline is pretending to be someone or fake’. If you get a dropdown list, then select some option like “Pretending to me”. Click Continue to submit your report.

Facebook Profile Impersonating Me

That’s all you have to do. I believe Facebook surely checks this issue and update you if they need to convey anything.


2. You are not in Facebook, and someone is impersonating you

Maybe you are not the Social Media type person, or you might have quit Facebook for some reason. But still someone is impersonating you, as if you are in Facebook? Then here is how you can deal with it. Just go to this form and fill the required details.

Facebook Profile Form

You have attach the picture of Government-issued ID of the person being impersonated, in this case, that is you. That’s all. Now Facebook will see this issue dearly.

You can see these methods to report Fake profile of your friend or anyone you know. After the rise of cyber-bullying, I’m sure Facebook will take these issues very seriously.


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79 Opinions on “HOW TO: Report Fake Facebook Profile Account

  1. Perhaps we should all do a bit of searching on facebook or even on twitter and other social sites, and if someone is using our brands for illegal activities or impersonating us, we should surely report them. Thanks for letting us know about the reporting procedure.

  2. Thanks for the tips :)

  3. How Facebook team judge reporter of the fake profile is genuine? because if genuine person claim it than why faker can’t do?

    • Good Question. See, there are some things which a fake profile lacks. It is somewhat easy to differentiate a fake and a genuine profile. Will post an article related to that soon.. :)

    • hii erm thers a fake profile of me on facebook iitsz called “sanam jane” iive reported iit so many tyms on my friiends account but facebook arnt doiin nuffin about iit, ii havnt got a facebook account but someone has made a fake account of me an has got my pictures on iit, cud sum1 plz help me get iit deleted, jus email me on my bruvas email iits sohailqe@hotmail.com.. cud sum1 plz help me a need iit 2 get deleted, ii went to poliice statiion but dey sed dey cudnt du nuffin bou iit, cud sum1 help me plz

  4. Yea man thanks for the tips!

  5. Tech Sputter says:

    Well Facebook is mainly created to connect with old friends and make new friends and to stay connected to the rest of the world. Facebook make people happy though friendship and networking. If fake profiles destroys peoples personal lives and families, then facebook authority must take the responsibility to shut the fake profiles down. If there are 1 million complaints about fake profiles, then Facebook should take a look at all of those profiles and remove the profiles. While removing fake profiles,if a real profile is removed, then it can be re activated, but if 1 fake profile still remains, then it is harmful for that 1 person who goes through the agony of wrong judgment, false reputation in the eyes of that persons family, friends, close persons and to the whole world. And the persons who are committing the crime get away with no punishment, where the victim of fake profiles suffer. Facebook is supposed to make people happy, not to destroy lives. I would strongly suggest it to take some necessary actions.

  6. Facebook and other social networking sites are going to have huge publicity problems in the future.

  7. nice info friend. after reading this i searched for my fake profile…

  8. Thanks a lot for showing us how to report fake profile, I seriously did not know. By the way I think the report link below the profile can also used to report profiles. Isn’t it?

  9. Thanks for this info Pradeep. Well I am more active on twitter than facebook.

  10. Net Age | Web Design says:

    This makes me wonder how many of the 400 million plus facebook accounts active at present are actually real accounts, and how many are fake accounts! It does seem like they are pro-actively trying to weed out the fake accounts, but there has to be a certain percentage of fakes. I got just on 400 friends, and am quite sure there are a good couple of aliens inbetween them ;-)

    • My 13 year old son just learned yesterday someone somehow copied and cut his picture and created a fake profile using his name. The ONLY thing correct on his profile was his name and school. They eve put in a wrong religion, plus said he likes to hunt…he doesn’t,and seemed to add a a rifle and dead animal . He had around 100 friends and over 300 posts. He and I a m VERY upset. If I find who did this I will press charges!! I hate Facebook!

  11. I personally report those profiles which are created to make some unrest online.. aka misuse of online social media.

  12. Worthy… Thanks boss.

    Robin
    DailyTUT

  13. Thanks for this info Pradeep.!! :)

  14. I think this fake report page would help so many women and celebrities.

  15. Thanks for the info….just wondered what should be done if a band profile is used inappropriately. My friends band has 30,000 friends, the profile was started by someone unknown to the band and fans just keep joining up unknown to them the page is run by an imposter. Anyone help?..thanks

  16. just to add to that, they have since started another profile page (official) but its impossible to advise the 30,000 or so who have joined up to the other page…cheers :o)

  17. joselle marc says:

    my facebook was teminate what will i do i dont do somthing on it… then they terminate it…

  18. Hello,
    Is login@facebook.com a valid email? Would i get a response from it? Someone is impersonationg me on facebook. Some of my friends and I reported however, it has still not been removed. What should i do?
    Thanks.
    Pleeeease help!

  19. I have a problem, and my wish is to help me somehow. My name is Kinga, i have account on Facebook wich i suspended right now, because there is a Facebook user, who haz several accounts, and he use some phishing programs to still other people accounts and passwords. This i know for sure, because he broke my account to.

    I really want u to do something about that, i wanna ask u to block this user for not getting acces to Facebook.
    This user name is Razvan Timbus, it is from Romania, profile : facebook.com/razvi.razvi, and he also have this accounts with this names: Razvan Razvi; Cinthya Maria; Soos Maria; Ala Bala Unu; Spartacus Mures; Din Mures; Cerchez Marius; Ferma Mea; Julin Cu.

    Please help me somehow and im waiting an answer.

    • If you think he is misusing Facebook, you can contact Facebook Team for reporting this issue mate.

      Or you can suggest some of your existing FB friends to report abuse against him. Cheers. :)

  20. Facebook really doesn’t seem to care about profiles impersonating someone unless the someone being impersonated is a so-called celebrity. Someone set up a fake profile with my name and photo, it’s been reported by me and many of my friends, and weeks later, it has still not been removed, nor have the dozens of other fake accounts the same person has set up to harass people with. However someone sets up a fake profile of Justin Beiber and it’s removed within hours. So it’s not a matter of lack of manpower on Facebook’s part, or there just being so many Facebook accounts to patrol… they just really don’t care what’s going on if they don’t think you’re important enough.

  21. hello S.Pradeep Kumar

    my problem is the following:

    someone out there (i’m actually pretty sure who) created a fake profile of mine and sent himself threat-msgs to then send the screen shots of it on to my future wife. the mails are really terrible and frighting. obviously i dont have those mails myself and i’m of course not friends with this fake profile of mine. this profile also sent 2 msgs to a friend of mine (maybe the only way to back track it?)

    the thing is, this terrible story messed up my whole relationship. people started trusting the wrong group of people. ALL i want now is a proof that this wasn’t me. how can i do that?

    can facebook help me here? can they backtrack stuff or find ip-addresses. i really need to solve this problem.

    thank you very much for answer.

    best regards

    tim

    • Hey Tim, if that guy is misusing or impersonating your name, you can report that to Facebook using “Report/Block this Person” link. Choose ‘fake profile’ as the reason while submitting. You can also tell your friends to do the same.

      And fake profiles are common these days, just make sure you don’t reveal too much personal data on your profile. :)

      • hello sir

        thank you very much for your answer. the problem is. i dont have any of these mails. because he sent himself those mails to show other people. as if i was the person that wrote it. one friend of mine got a mail. so he could actually report this. but for me it is really important to proof that this wasn’t me. so can anyone help me proof this. like showing from what ip-adress this is coming from or something like that. i need a proof.

        thank you for another answer.

        best regards

        tim

        • Tim, if you know your Facebook friends in person or if you are close enough, kindly email them explaining the whole situation & ask them to remove that impersonator from their friends list.

          And also recommend your friends to report this incident.

          And make sure this thing don’t get worse. :)

          • hi again

            yes i know them and there not friends with this fake profile of mine.

            the thing is, I NEED PROOF that this wasn’t me.

            like a statement from facebook or an IP-address showing where this came from. the right people trust the wrong person at the moment and it absolutly destroys me. CAN ANYONE HELP ME HERE?

            thanks for all good answers in advance…

            tim

  22. where did i found this application how to report a profile,pls need your answer

  23. cant see the application how to report a fake profile,pls need your answer

  24. please delete this fake account

  25. hi….pls help my sister is being impersonated in facebook pls help me
    he is using my sister’s pic so badly
    i reported to facebook so many time but still no effect
    pls help me
    do something
    this is the fake profile id

    [Comment Edited By Admin]

    • Suren, I removed the impersonating Facebook Profile for security purpose.

      If he/she is violating your Sister in any terms, then you have to call the cyber crime immediately and I request you to do so. Facebook badly needs lots of proofs & information to take action.

      This one will be useful : http://hellboundbloggers.com/2010/11/18/report-child-abuse-online/

      And kindly ask your Sister to remove unknown friends or strangers from her friends list (if she is in FB or any social n/ws).

      If you know any Cyber Crime offices in your locality, report this matter to them now. Believe me, they even caught foreigners for involving such identity theft & other illegal activities.

      • okie but will our parents get involve in this if we report it in cyber crime.???

        • Obviously yes, but if you are an adult, you can handle this issue all by yourself. If you are not, please take an adult with you or a person who can explain things.

          • oh!!!!!but our parents shouldnt be involved because my sister will be screwed if they come to know it
            we reported to facebook so many times and many of our friends to reported but no effect
            can u track the id of that fake facebook profile.???
            pls help na,i will be grateful to u if u can help in this
            tell some solutions na
            we hav a doubt tat my sister’s class mate is doing it but we are not sure ,is there any way to track the id ..??
            pls help na

  26. let me knw how to delete fake profile somone has hackd it created fake one & misusing it help ugent

  27. a fake ID has been made with my photo and name amit singh khatti. please help me to delete this ID.

  28. tracey newton says:

    How do you report an ex friend who has hacked my account on facebook? She also did some stuff of facebook on my account that i do not approve of one but!! Please help me :(

  29. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002556040299

    She's got the charastristics of a fake profile but I cannot report her as she's faking someone I know, or me. I reported her as not representing someone real, but facebook has done nothing. She has been adding everyone and I can tell you that because all I see on her profile is "WHO'S THIS?" being asked over and over again

  30. Ive been trying to delete this imposture but facebook refuses to do it. Even after I sent them a copy of my valid drivers license. Can I get people to help report her?

  31. Hi, I sent you an email. It would be greatly appreciated if you could respond as soon as possible. Thank you very much.

  32. hi this is lyn theres a fake profile of me on facebook she used my pic and my name also ,and i report that already in facebook but that fake profile of me is still there,pls help me ……

  33. Sir someone has stolen my pics from my real facebook account and now he is making my fake account with cheap name using those pics sir please help me i am sending you the link http://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003495757875&v=feed&refid=17&ref=pymk please delete this id as soon as possible

  34. mahima mahajan says:

    sir some one has maken my fake account using my pics from my real account please deactvate that account as soon as possible http://www.facebook.com/?sk=welcome#!/profile.php?id=100003495757875

  35. Hi i am in a deep trouble…:( someone ( i know who he is )has used all my pictures from Facebook ( dont know from where) and created a new profile with my name. he keeps on adding my pictures in that profile. now he has started doin cheap stuff on that… which is harassing me….pls pls pls pls pls help,,, m very depressed…. cn u pls pls help me out???? cn i have your contact details so that i cn get it vanished fr ever.

    also suggest me all the way outs .

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100003580126581&sk=info

    pls help pardeep plsss.

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  38. someone on FB pretending to be me, i dont have FB what shalli do. further more this person has made this fb by my name since 2008

  39. facebook doesnt do shitttt i’ve been reporting along with 100’s of my friends over year and nothing happend any other way please? can i atleast track the IP and location of the sick bastard whose up2 dis?

  40. Same as previous..stolen pictures and created fake account with bogus info. If you can, please email more tips. When reporting to Facebook, do you find out who did it?

  41. I need to talk with somebody over the phone to report a lot of stuff this lady have more than 5 Facebook profile she is destroying my family’s text me first I need help over the phone first 813-416-5513

  42. Plz help me i am in big trouble.someone make my fake id.plz hlp plzz

  43. I would like to try to get my daughter disconnected off of facebook as she is only 12 I don’t know why or how she got on there and what I have seen she has that many friends that I can count I havent even got that many friends in my life I have seen pictures of my daughter only with bikini on that somebody else has taged she will not give me her password it isn’t giving us too much conflict over these I have tried that many times to get ahold off facebook to sort this matter out my daughter is only 12 years of age n I really feel she should not be on there and I have tried every way possible to stop hair without going to the police I need her facebook account disconnected please please help me I am really frustrated over her name is teagan sells 16 dion drive eagleby 4207 queensland australia please assist in helping me cancel her facebook account please as she is only 12 as I am a concerned and worried parent please help me and thank you

  44. Aqib Nawaz says:

    anyone is using fake i.d by the name and pic of my younger sister
    i.d is:
    taniat malik
    or
    m.facebook.com/taniat.malik?refid=46

  45. My ex created a fake email account and theirfore a fake Facebook. How do I get them both deleted and charges filed

  46. Raheel Zafar says:

    two fake accounts is continously harassing my sister and by contacting friends of my sister….. kindly block these mean people from fb and make ur fb more secure… these are fake fb addresses of these persons….. Facebook/asma.malik.1238292 and facebook/sonia.malik.7965692

  47. palak rajput says:

    Hii sir i am saumya trouble some one i know who hi is.has used all my pictures form facebook don’t know form where.and creted a new profile with my name he keep on adding my pictures in that profile now he has starled doin cheap stuffon that which is harassing me m vrey depressed in u ple help me out,a big problem on that hided that email form tat profile sir ple help me…

  48. can u plz help me?? someone has opened my fake account and he or she has used my pictures..s/he has even posted cheap pics which is harassing me n m very depressed!!! i along wit my friends hav submitted d report many tyms bt dat account is still in use…hw can i remove dat account forever

  49. can u plz help me? someone has opened fake facebook account using my name n pic how I delete or block the person? because I don’t have facebook account pls help me im girl (mathena malasia) fake id name

  50. My boyfriends ex keeps making fake profiles and has tried adding me or talking nonsence to me on many different profile accounts how can I get proof that is her for legal matters cause I’m taking her to court for harrasment but I need to prove it is her .. I know it’s her cause her son has told me he’s seen his moms computer many times and seen how many different fake profile accounts she has made on Facebook but I need actual proof how do I obtain that information or is it even possible?

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