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What Is The Best Way To Report Fake Profiles On Facebook

A VICTIM’S GUIDE TO HOW TO REPORT SCAMMERS

WHAT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO REPORT SCAMMERS ON FACEBOOK?

The most effective solution is a combination of intelligent and productive actions:

1) First report all scammers on the SCARSSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS. website www.AnyScam.com – this displays them on over 800 locations on the web and in social media – plus it reports them to Facebook (though many are ignored by FB) – this provides a permanent record of the scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. away from FB’s reach since they tend to delete anti-scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. pages

2) Next, report the profile directly on the profile itself. Only about 1 in 20 will be deleted by this action alone since FB never actually investigates to see the actions of the profile.

We recommend that you report the profile as using a fake name, this triggers an identification check by Facebook.

3) After you have done #1 & #2 – send an email to TWO ADDRESSES: security@fb.com AND legal@fb.com using your personal email – there is no risk to you in doing this, and if 1&2 above have been done, this is the closer – meaning it increases the likelihood that FB will act by 1,000%

With all three, FB will have received reports about the profile from multiple independent sources.

You can increase the likelihood even more by helping to report again scammers that appear on this FB Page – report each one, and with enough reports it will be gone!

Note that just reporting a fake profile in a group or a comment someplace on Facebook is a waste of time. This is because very few people will see it (in fact only people who are already victims who know enough not to friend strangers), and IN FACT can get you in trouble with FB because it appears to be cyber-bullying. If a scammer complains and reports YOU you are at risk of losing YOUR profile. We have lost enough profiles to have this down to a science.

THIS SIMPLE THREE STEP PROCESS WORKS IF YOU USE IT.

Ultimately, how we report is far more important than anything else. No one group has enough manpower to report many scammers, but together we are an Anti-Scam Army!


WHAT ABOUT FRIEND REQUESTS FORM STRANGERS?

SCARS created a solution for that too called COBALT ALERTS

Reporting a profile on the Cobalt Alert on