It’s no secret that there are billions of different pages on Facebook. Most of these pages don’t matter to you – you will never see them or interact with them on the platform. Some pages belong to your friends, family and companies you follow. But there might be a very small number of pages that bother you. This can include imposter pages and profiles and duplicate, defunct or abandoned pages that you used to own but and manage but don’t anymore. In this article, we will tell you how to deal with each of these Facebook page types.
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There’s a popular Facebook scam out there: an imposter decides to target your profile, creates a profile with your exact name, profile picture, cover photo and personal information that’s visible to the public. Next, he or she starts to send out friend requests to your Facebook friends, telling them that your old profile was hacked and you needed to create a new profile instead. Finally, the imposter then uses the profile to advertise an MLM scheme, use phishing tricks to get your friends and family to send the imposter money, download harmful software, etc.
If you’ve discovered that there’s an imposter who’s targeting your personal profile on Facebook, you need to report this profile and have it removed from the platform as soon as possible. To do this, find the imposter’s profile and press the three-dot icon on the profile’s cover photo. Next, press ‘Give feedback or report this profile’ and select ‘This profile is impersonating me’ from the list.
If you can’t access the profile, ask your friends to report it or log out of your profile or report that an impostor is pretending to be you on Facebook by filing a complaint on the dedicated Facebook page.
Another situation is when an imposter creates a Facebook page that impersonates your brand’s or organization’s Facebook page. They can then put a fake phishing link in the About section to collect sensitive information from people who follow the page without knowing that it’s a scam. Alternatively, the page could be used to sell counterfeit goods, an unauthorized version of your product, etc.
If the imposter is impersonating your brand or company, you will need to file a copyright claim with Facebook. The platform will then review your trademark claim, ask you to prove proof that you’re the official owner or representative of the real company, etc. If your company is large enough, it might be wise to involve a lawyer.
If the imposter is impersonating a public figure, then you can use Racebook’s ‘Remove an impostor page of a public figure’ form to file a complaint. Facebook will then conduct an investigation and ask the owner of the original page to provide proof of identity unless the older page is verified.
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