It Might Be Time to File Suit Against Facebook
As much as I hate to have to go this route, it might be time that I lawyer up and sue Facebook.
On three separate ocassions, I have notified Facebook that my image was being used on fradulent profiles that were masquerading as me, but pretending to have prizes from a sweepstakes. Talk about annoying. Someone took my face, slapped it on a bulls*** profile and started trying to screw people out of money. At least, that was what in the chat someone forwarded me from the fake profile. "You've won a $5,000 prize. To get it to you, we'll need your routing numbers to your bank account."
The first time around, Facebook never did anything. Silly me, I thought I'd report it and it would be handled. HA! The second time it was brought to my attention, I reported the same profile for a few days and got nowhere. Finally, I took a link to the fake profile and had my friends report it. I used the power of Facebook to get attention where it belonged. It was finally removed and so was my post about it.
Unfortunately, it happened a third time with a brand new fake profile. I reported it again and went the route that got the fastest result, which was having my friends report the fake profile. The problem this time was MY account was disabled.
I can not begin to tell you how frustrating this is. My husband believes I am being stalked. And after a closer examination of the photo being used last time, it turns out it was a scan of my business card image. Odds are, this is someone local to me. This time around, they grabbed an image from a local blog.
If this isn't resolved in the next few days, I'm going to have to file a report with the police and hire an attorney. Either that, or I am going to be someone who goes completely without Facebook, which unfortunately, would negatively impact my business.
The irony of all of this is that the profile that is still up is someone who claims to be employed as a "Facebook Claim Agent." How is that not verifiably fake when reported to the Facebook tech gods?