Have you ever been in a situation where you have received a friend request from a very attractive girl and find yourself asking whether it is her or not in her profile pictures? Trust me, you are not alone! I’m sure many of us have been in a similar situation.
There are many reasons why they do that. Sometimes it is because they don’t like to put their own photos online, or they just upload a fake Facebook photo to get more friend requests from opposite sex.
Identify fake profile photos on Facebook
Last month I wrote an article about how you can identify a fake Facebook profile based on the content or nature of the profile itself. In this post, I will show you how you can take advantage of reverse image search technology to find for images by uploading an image.
This method is pretty handy if you are wondering if your new acquaintance is using a fake picture or not.
1. Go to Google Image and click on the camera icon in the right corner of the search bar. A new window will pop up where you will be prompted to upload an image from your computer or from a URL.
You can either download and save your acquaintance’s Facebook photo and upload it, or you can directly paste his or her photo link in Google Image. If your friend’s photo is private, you can also use the small picture that appears on his or her profile. To get the image link, right-click on the photo and select Copy Image Location if you are under Firefox. You should find similar option for Chrome.
2. After uploading your image, click on search. If the photo has been taken from the web, Google Image will return all web pages where this photo is present.
With this powerful method, you can now easily find out who is using a fake profile picture on Facebook or any social-networking websites. If you are still suspicious about his or her profile picture, you can check out my previous article on 10 tips to identify fake profiles on Facebook.