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How to Report Fake Facebook Profiles

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After reading this you’ll think twice next time you accept a friend request from Facebook’s People You May Know feature. Over the weekend my wife and I discovered that my brother-in-law’s Facebook profile wasn’t really his. About 10 different family members had already “friended” the brother-in-law impostor which led Facebook to suggest him as someone I may know. The profile picture that appeared when the suggestion was made is that of my brother-in-law and his wife so I was quick to add him as a friend. However, when I visited his profile page I noticed that his birthday was wrong and that he supported some groups that didn’t make a whole lot of sense, that’s when I called him to confirm the information about the profile. It turns out that he doesn’t even have an account on Facebook!

As far as we can tell there’s an individual from Mexico (we’re in the US) that is using my brother-in-law’s picture along with his first name and middle name.  The impostor has accepted/sent friend invitations from members of our family on Facebook which gives him access to family pictures, wall posts, and other information…something we certainly don’t want.

Have you encountered fake profiles on Facebook? How have you dealt with them? Please use the comments section below.

If you want to learn how to report fake Facebook profiles, follow the instructions below.

reportfakeprofileonfacebook thumb How to Report Fake Facebook Profiles

1. Click on the Report/Block this Person link located on the bottom-left pane.

2. Check Report this person and choose Fake profile from the Reason list. Choose Impersonating me or someone else from the Report Type drop-down and enter the Impersonated profile address.

3. Click on Submit to submit the report to Facebook.

You can also use this link to report other items.

reportfakeprofileonfacebookreport thumb How to Report Fake Facebook Profiles

Reporting Reasons on Facebook

  • Nudity or pornography
  • Fake profile
  • Racist/Hate Speech
  • Cyber bullying
  • Threatens me or others
  • Unwanted contact

Each of these report reasons has a set of report types associated with it. Use the one that best suits your situation.

Originally posted Jul 13, 2010

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  • Number1brandnew

    There is this person who I know, but his profile might be fake as he changes the profile name a few times and blocked me when i found out.

  • Pammyw73

    I started using Facebook in June of 2009 and everything was going ok until someone I worked with wanted to date me and I said no. This man is very computer savvy and extremely angry that I rejected him. I have tried to block him but he uses different profiles and my friends to block me from my own profile. I have reported this but nothing has been done. My name is Pamela Ward from Salem, OR. The guy I used to work with is Aaron Evers from Dallas, OR. How come he will not stop harrassing me?

  • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

    Nishanthi,

    Just use the instructions on this how-to and select the option for “using someone else’s picture as their own”. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

    Nishanthi,

    Just use the instructions on this how-to and select the option for “using someone else’s picture as their own”. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

    Nishanthi,

    Just use the instructions on this how-to and select the option for “using someone else’s picture as their own”. Hope this helps.

  • Nishanthi Rupasinghe

    FB profile named Dilki omaya has stolen my friends sister’s photo and she put it as her profile pics. we want to remove it. how to do it?

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      Nishanthi,

      Just use the instructions on this how-to and select the option for “using someone else’s picture as their own”. Hope this helps.

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