How to Find Out if Someone is Using Your Pictures to Catfish

How to Find Out if Someone is Using Your Pictures to Catfish

"Catfishing" is a recent phenomenon where online predators pretend to be someone else in order to trick people into emotional or financial relationships. These catfishers will often set up sock puppet social networking profiles, which are fake profiles or identities designed to attract people and make them more open to starting a chat. They steal photos from other people’s profiles and use them as their own. People who create these fake identities could be taking your photos and pretend to be you. So how can you find out if someone is using your pictures to catfish? This OneHowTo article will equip you with some methods to identify if someone is using your pictures to catfish and if they are, what you can do about it.

How To Reverse Image Search

One of the easiest ways to find out if someone is using your pictures is to do a Reverse Image Search of any of your photos that you have used on your profile that can be openly viewed by anyone on the internet. This search can be used for any photo you have uploaded and will show you a list of other sites where your photo appears. By doing this, you can find out if someone is using your pictures without your consent.

Here is how you do a google reverse image search:

1. Select the image location (URL) by using the following methods, depending on your computer and browser

  • For mac using Firefox: Find the image on your profile, blog or website, right click and select Search image in Google.
  • For mac using Safari: Find the image on your Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr or any other site, right click and select Copy Image Address.
  • For PC using Internet Explorer: Right click on the picture, select Properties, highlight the image URL and copy by clicking CTRL-C.

2. Search the image in Google by pasting the URL into the search bar. On the results page,click on Search By Image.

3. The top results will show visually similar images. They may look like your pictures but they aren't actually yours. Continue scrolling down and the results will all be your image that you searched. You can now see all the places where you photo is posted.

How to Search For Your Picture in Google

Another method to finding out if someone is using your picture to catfish, is you head straight to the Google Images homepage and selecting the camera icon in the search bar. You can upload the picture you want to check is being used and Google will display a list of results with every instance in which that image appears.

Report Your Stolen Pictures on Facebook

If you have found a profile on Facebook or Instagram that seems like a catfish and has taken your photos and is using them to pretend to be you or create a false identify, you should report that profile.

Here is how to report a profile to Facebook:

1. Go to the profile that you want to report

2. On the cover photo click the [...] link

3. Choose report to report the account to Facebook

4. When making the report, be sure to explain the reason why you're reporting - that the person is using your pictures to Catfish or impersonate you.

What To Do If You Think You're Being Catfished

If you have met someone online and you suspect that you might be getting catfished, use any of the reverse image search methods to check any pictures that they claim is of them. This should give you an idea of how original or authentic the profile is.

To prevent someone Catfishing with your pictures, you should make sure all of your social media profiles are private and cannot be accessed by anyone you are not friends with. To do this, you should first find out what people can see on your Facebook profile, to know which pictures can be viewed by anyone and that you need to make private. Similarly, people can take your pictures from Instagram, so it might help to know how to make my profile private on Instagram.

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