You hate to have someone you know on Facebook get hacked or have their profile being impersonated by someone, but it happens a lot. If someone that you are already friends with on Facebook, sends you a “Friend Request”, and you’re already friends, then someone has probably created a fake account to impersonate your friend.
If this has happened to you and you get questions from your existing friends asking if you tried to ‘friend’ them again, this should be your clue that something is happening.
What should you do when that happens?
- Let your friends know. Email them or send them a message via Facebook Messenger and send them the link to the profile that is asking you to friend them.
- Report this profile to Facebook by following the steps outlined below.
If you see an account that’s pretending to be you, someone you know or a public figure (example: celebrity, politician), Facebook encourages you to let Facebook know. You can report potentially impersonating accounts to Facebook even if you don’t have a Facebook account.
To report someone who’s pretending to be you or someone else, first determine if you’re reporting a profile or a Page.
How to report a profile or Page If you have a Facebook account and want to report a profile or Page:
- Go to the profile or Page of the impersonating account.
- If you can’t find it, try searching for the name used on the profile or Page or asking your friends if they can send you a link to it.
- Click below the cover photo.
- If you’re reporting a Page, select Find Support or Report Page. If you’re reporting a profile, select Find Support or Report Profile.
- Follow the on-screen instructions for impersonation to file a report.