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Fake Facebook Profile or Any Other Profile !

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Recently I met a business colleague for Lunch and she recounted a strange incidence of a elaborate fake profile on a matrimony site. Also you keep reading in newspapers about how, fake profile befriended gullible teens and blackmailed them after collecting lot of information about them. There are also spammers and financial fraudsters who can gain lot of information about you by befriending you on facebook. Even very cautious and otherwise intelligent people sometime fall prey to this fraud. The culprit seems to be the belief that if you have common friends and the photo looks normal enough one can trust the profile.

There are many complex ways of doing this. For facebook in particular there are apps which do behavioral analyses and predict if the profile is fake. These apps are specific to However one simple way would be to do a reverse image check on the profile picture. The process is simple.

  1. Click on the profile pic; Right click (or ctrl click, or hold depending on the device). Copy the image URL. Alternatively one can download the picture too.
  2. Go to images.google.com (Many other sites too, but google is well well-known).
  3. click on the camera icon in the search box and upload the profile pic or paste the URL from step 1.
  4. If search throws other pics/profiles with different contexts and names then you know you have a fake profile.

Once that is established you can report the profile to the concerned website. For facebook the link is https://www.facebook.com/help/167722253287296; Facebook explicitly states that

We don’t allow accounts that:

Pretend to be you or someone else

Use your photos

List a fake name

Don’t represent a real person

However given the nature of these fake profile creators they will come back in other avatars but at least you have a method of detecting.  One prudent(but conservative) approach in general would be not to add anyone that you haven’t met offline.

Stay Safe !!

Cyber Stalking Judgement Details !

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Recently a techno legal case made news in Bombay and dealt with online harassment, intimidation. Check the judgement copy here for a great information on how the court views these and some in detail clues  on how to go about gathering and providing evidence. Cyber Stalking – Yogesh Prabhu Court Judgement (although it is legal document it is surprisingly easy to read).

This case demonstrates very interesting aspects of how criminals who think they cant be caught by changing email locations are blind in their belief. It also demonstrates the importance of keeping documents related to any harassment that one receives so that it can be used intelligently in case of escalations.

Thanks to Advocate Prashant Mali of www.cyberlawconsulting.com for providing the access to this document. He opines that only S66E of The IT Act 2000 & S509 of IPC is applied in this judgement. Section 67 & 67A are not applied in this case. The specifics applied are,

1. Punishment for Violating of privacy of the person under Section 66E of The IT Act,2000.
2. Word ,Gesture or Act intended to insult the modesty of a women under the section 509 of The IPC.

Reach out to us (ArgByte) for any technology queries or Prashant and his firm  for any legal aspects.