Why is this a good idea?
Scammers steal photographs of real people to create realistic profiles. Reverse image searches of profile pictures can help you spot the difference between a genuine and a fake profile – it can also confirm if the image has been used before in a scam.
How to do it
You can use Google’s reverse online image search of photos, and if the suspect profile photo appears under different names, you may have caught yourself a scammer.
On a computer or device:
- Open a web browser, like Chrome or Firefox
- Go to Google Images
- Click Search by image
- Click Upload an image
- Choose file or Browse
- Select a picture from your computer
- Click Open or Choose.
Visit Google Search Help for more advice on doing an online reverse image search.
Other online image search tools and apps you can use include*:
* Suggested by Professor Monica Whitty, cyber psychologist at the University of Melbourne.