How to FIND, Delete and Prevent Fake Facebook Account Using Your Photo as Profile Picture



How would you feel when you find a fake Facebook profile, with your photo as the profile image? Especially when you’re a girl or the person operating the account is posting shameful content? Well, guess what… Sometimes you don’t even know that such a profile exist. Isn’t it impossible to find an account with your photo, from almost a billion Facebook profiles? Even if you find it, how would you delete it?

In a minute, I’ll show you how to FIND and DELETE fake Facebook account with your photo as its profile picture. Not only that, you can also prevent that from happening again.

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You can control most of your account’s privacy from the settings provided by Facebook, except some. And “copying your profile photo” is one of the exception. Of course, there is no way you can stop people from downloading the image, but you can prevent them using it online without your permission (in a way). We’ll get to that later. First problem we have is, “find” the culprit. It’s quite simple, only if you know the trick.

Find Fake Facebook Profile Using Your Photo

  1. Log-in to your account, and go to your profile. Now, click on your profile picture to open the large view.
  2. Right-click on the photo and select “Copy Image Location”. Make sure the link you copied points to the correct image.
    copy image location
  3. Open Google image search by going to Google.com/images or by clicking on “images” from Google’s homepage.
    google image search
  4. Now we’re going to use a feature, about which most of the people don’t know – search by image. Click on the camera icon, at the right of the search box.
    search by image
  5. It will open a pop-up box, asking you enter the image URL, upload or drop image in the area provided. Paste the link you got in step-2, in the text box provided and click “Search”.
    paste image url
  6. You’ll see some results, but we’re not done yet. In the search box at the top of the page, enter “Facebook” – nothing else.
    facebook in search box
  7. Now the results you’ll get shows the Facebook profile with the same image you searched with (your profile picture). To save time, check the results of Facebook.com only!
    fake facebook profiles using your photo

It was easy, right? So, did you find any idiot using your image without your consent? No? Good for you! One more tip: If you change your profile photo often, try searching using older photos as well. You know the procedure now.

How to Get the Fake Facebook Account Deleted?

If you found someone doing, what he/she was not supposed to, by following the procedure we discussed above – It’s time to take it down. If you’re wondering sending a message to that person would help… forget it. That person doesn’t care, because if he/she did, the whole thing wouldn’t have happened.

Thanks to Facebook’s privacy policy and reporting feature, you can ask Facebook to delete the account. After appropriate time and complaints, Facebook will ask the person to verify his/her identity just after signing in to the account. In short, he/she won’t be able to access the account anymore and the account might get deleted soon.

  1. First, go to the profile page of the fake account you found.
  2. At the right, just below the cover photo, you’ll see a gear icon. Click on it and select “Report/Block…”
    report block
  3. From the reasons listed in the pop-up box, select “This timeline is pretending to be someone or is fake” and then from the drop-down list select “Pretending to be me”. Click Continue and follow the steps.
    pretending to be me
  4. Just one complaint might not help, or to move things a little faster you should ask your friends to do the same. Keep one thing in mind, when they report the profile as fake, they need to select “Pretending to be someone I know” from the drop-down list.
  5. You can simply update a status asking your friends to report the account as fake or send an email to them.
    sample status asking to report

Now, you found the fake ones, got them removed, but one thing is still left. What if this happens again?

How to Prevent Copying the Profile Picture?

Isn’t it great that people won’t be able to download or copy your photo from Facebook? Sorry to disappoint you, it is not possible. There is no way you can stop someone from doing -> right-click and “save image as”. But hey! You can still do something… Watermark!

It’s a very common and easy way to protect your images. But it can be hard sometimes, especially when you don’t know how to work with image editing tools like Photoshop, Picasa, etc. or when any such software is unavailable at that moment. To make things easier you can use Online Watermark tool or similar product. It’s very easy to use too. Just upload your photo, enter the text, set position and you’re done.

Also Read: Why and How to Hide Articles you Read on Facebook and Other App Activity

You might be wondering, how would it stop people from copying your profile picture? Well, 99% of them won’t use an image with something written on it and even if somebody do, everyone else will know that the photo belongs to someone else! There are a couple of tips you should keep in mind for an effective watermark, check the image below for example.

sample protected profile picture

First, write your name in center of the image (or at that part of the image, removing which will make the image unusable). If you put your name at the bottom or any other corner, anybody can easily crop it and still use it. Second tip, place your Facebook profile URL too. You can place it anywhere you want. To make the URL smaller, use fb.me instead of facebook.com. For example, facebook.com/creotixtech can also be written as fb.me/creotixtech. So, it’ll occupy less space on the photo and still protect it from spreading all around the web. If you think the text is too dominant, or hiding some important part of the image, you can change the opacity accordingly.

A message to those who create fake profiles: Although it’s unethical to create fake accounts but if you do, please respect others’ privacy. The least you can do is avoid using someone’s photo/identity without permission.

This is how you can protect your privacy, yourself. Don’t forget to help your friends by sharing this, and protecting their privacy too. If you have any other idea to prevent copying profile photos, do tell us in your comments below.