How to report an impostor account on Facebook
People have sounded an alarm over the proliferation of fake accounts on Facebook the past few days. Many users saw recently-created accounts that share their names but without any photo or timeline activity. Some even stole photos from original accounts in an attempt to steal their identity. Regardless of the reason, these things shouldn’t exist online. That said, here’s how to report an impostor account on Facebook.
For accounts pretending to be you or someone else
You can find out if there’s an account pretending to be you by searching your name on Facebook. From there, you will see a list of accounts that carry the same name as you. Do note that not all of them are fake or impostor accounts, especially if you have a commonly used name, so don’t go on a reporting spree right away.
The obvious impostor accounts are those that use your personal information, especially photos, or have a history of adding or messaging your friends on Facebook.
Once you have determined that it is an impostor account, you can start Facebook’s reporting process:
1. Go to the profile of the fake account.
2. Click ‘•••’ under the cover photo and select “Find Support” or “Report Profile”.
3. Select “Pretending to Be Someone” when you see a prompt.
4. Select who the profile is pretending to be: Me, A Friend, Celebrity. Then tap on “Next”.
5. Review the report and tap on “Done”.
You also have the option to block the profile from here, if that person is bothering you.
For impostor accounts on Messenger
If an impostor account sent you a message on Messenger, you could also report that account from there.
From the desktop web browsers:
1. Open the conversation.
2. Click on Options represented by the gear icon,
3. Click on “Something’s Wrong”.
4. Select “Pretending to Be Someone” as your category.
5. Select who they are pretending to be, and click “Send Feedback”.
From Android or iOS apps:
1. From Chats, open the conversation and tap the person’s name at the top.
2. Scroll down and tap “Something’s Wrong”.
3. Select “Pretending to Be Someone” as your category.
4. Select who they are pretending to be, and tap “Send Feedback”.
5. Tap “Report Conversation”.
What if you don’t have a Facebook account?
Seeing yourself on Facebook, even if you didn’t create an account, is more than enough to make your blood boil. But there’s still a way to report it by filing a report in Facebook Help Center by clicking the link here.
You’ll need to choose three options that best describes your situation and follow the instructions.
And there you go. We hope that this helped you in reporting those impostor accounts on Facebook. After doing this, why not check our Facebook Spring Cleaning guides below to help keep your account safe.