Removal of Fake Profiles (in Social Media & other websites)
Fake profiles on Social Media and Dating websites is not something new. It is common sense to do your due diligence before starting divulging sensitive information to someone you befriended online.
For most of us, someone with a fake profile is someone we just "block" and that is the end of it. But what happens when someone is using a fake profile of you or your family?
This issue has come up in many different forms. One is the case of profileengine.com, a website that was supposed to "index" profiles on behalf of Facebook. Instead they copied all the material from those profiles and they placed them on their website, where the owner is forced to "claim" the profile in order to remove it. (click here to read our article on Linkedin).
You might also be the victim of a malicious act, where an ex business partner, friend or lover may want to get back to you by using a profile pretending it is you, and then damage your reputation and relations with other people.
In this case it may be difficult to claim your profile. You must contact the host, provide identification and start usually a long process. Sometimes this may not work. In that case you will need a Plan B.
Strathclyde Forensics has long experience in dealing with fake accounts, removing them or pushing them down in Google results, so they will become irrelevant. We shall organize an action plan that will attack the issue from several sides. As part of our investigation, we can use social engineering in order to identify the person (or persons) behind the fake account, and with our legal connections, we can help you start your legal proceedings.
Contact uswith the details of the fake profile in question and we shall get back to your with an evaluation of the issue.