RSN™ How To: What To Do If Your Scammer Impersonates You On Facebook?
We say it over and over, never confront scammers. When you do they can take out their anger in several ways, and one of them is cloning your Facebook profile.
The best approach is always to just go silent, report them, block them, and walk away.
However, most victims react emotionally and the result can be a copy of you on Facebook
How Do You Deal With It And Get It Removed?
First, it starts with protecting your profile – some information should never be shared with anyone but friends – but oh yes, you made the scammer a friend!
Following a scam lock down your profile – immediately – time matters. Remove the scammer and anyone they introduced you to from your friend’s list.
You protect your profile by making most of it invisible to all but your friends, and some to everyone.
Since Facebook loves to continue to screw with their interface, we can’t show you how to do it since in a couple of months it could be wrong. Here are Facebook’s own guides to controling your profile’s privacy and security settings:
As We Said …
If you aren’t careful scammers can take it and create an impostor account. This is a form of identity theft that is disturbing, easy and more common than you’d think. Fortunately, Facebook has a simple ways for victims to report it.
To report an impostor account, go the fake profile and click the “…” located in the bottom right corner of the cover photo (which could even be your cover photo).
Then click “Report,” and follow the instructions for notifying the site.
But if the impersonator has blocked you from accessing the fake account in your name? You can ask a Facebook friend to file a report for you, and then you’ll receive a message from your friend with a link that allows you to report the account yourself.
Having your identity stolen is one of the most invasive ways that cybercriminals can violate your privacy.
To stop it from happening in the first place, change your privacy settings so only friends can see your info and to strictly control who can see your photos. Uploading pictures with a small file size is another effective measure to deter theft. It’s also essential that you limit your friend list visibility!
Remember, it is up to you, and no one else to protect your identity online.
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