What to do if someone pretends to be you on Facebook

With so much of our lives shared online, it’s easier than ever for scammers to impersonate you.

All it really takes are some basic details and a single photo, and they can get the trick rolling.

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Identity theft on Facebook can happen to anyonePhoto credit: Getty

If a cybercriminal tries it on, it’s not necessarily you who are at risk, but your friends and family.

The person can walk around and add them as friends and claim to be you.

Usually they say this is your new account because you forgot your password and later they try to ask others for money.

It happens all too often, so what should you do to protect your contacts?

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Warn your friends that you have been impersonated

If you find out someone is impersonating you on Facebook, the first thing you should do is let everyone know.

The easiest way to do this is to provide a status update on your real account.

Let people know that this is your only Facebook account and that anyone trying to contact them on your behalf using a different account is fake.

Ask them to report the account as well.

How to report someone impersonating your Facebook account

Next, you’ll need to report the account impersonating you so Facebook can take action.

You can do this by going to them profile page and look for the three dot menu on the right.

click Find or report support.

Then select pretending to be someone.

Choose Me from the list.

Finally strike Submit.

You will receive a notification to view the outcome in your support inbox once a decision has been made on it.

How to report a fraudulent account if you don’t have Facebook

If you don’t have Facebook but someone has created an account in your name, you can still report it to have it deleted.

Visit Facebook’s dedicated help page.

Tick Someone created an account pretending to be me or a friend.

Choose no.

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Then select Yes, I am the person being impersonated.

You’ll need to provide a few details, including a link to the scammer’s profile, contact information so moderators can reach you with information, and a copy of an ID to prove you’re who you say you are.

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