Facebook 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 Facebook Profiles out there 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 exact details while reporting.
1. You are on 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’.
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 drop-down list, then select some option like “Pretending to me”. Click Continue to submit your report.
That’s all you have to do. I believe Facebook undoubtedly checks this issue and update you if they need to convey anything.
2. You are not on 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 on Facebook? Then here is how you can deal with it. Just go to this form and fill the required details.
You have attached 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.