Whilst sitting at my computer working away like I normally do when I don’t have an onsite appointment, I hear the Facebook notification ding. I take a look and notice a friend request. (Always exciting to have new friends). Immediately I recognise the profile picture and think to myself, I’m sure I’m already friends with my Aunty from England, but I think to myself, it’s not uncommon for people to have more than one profile. I accept the request and almost immediately get an inbox from the new profile. I’m immediately suspicious as we rarely talk, so to get an inbox immediately I start to wonder whats going on. It didn’t take long to confirm my suspicions that this was indeed not my Aunty, but a scammer that had copied my Aunty’s profile and started using it to try and start their chosen scam.
So, What do you do when you know a fraudster has copied your account (or a friends account)? Report it.
Step 1: At the top of the profile page is the 3 dots, click on this, then report.
Step 2: Select Report this Profile & Click Continue.
Step 3: Select This is a fake account, or They’re pretending to be me or someone I know & select Continue.
Step 4: Click Submit to Facebook for review. If you can, let the real profile owner know of the copy and get them to follow this same process. (selecting me or someone I know in step 3)
All Done, The profile won’t disappear immediately, but it will be removed pretty quickly if multiple people report it. Try and get multiple people reporting the fake account.
Story originally appeared at http://ballancomputers.com.au