What do I do if someone is pretending to be me on Facebook?

Based on the Facebook FAQ found at http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=117152291702875.

Interesting, but true. The rise of social media and Facebook presents an ‘new’ but sad problem when it comes to impersonation and identity theft. As this can have both social and financial consequence, we have dedicated this article to exploring how you can address this issue if it affects you and what Facebook does/can do, and what Facebook will require from you.

Identifying your impostor on Facebook

If someone is pretending to be you on Facebook, what can you do? Facebook provides a process that you must follow in order to verify your identity and your details before they will provide you with more information about the person who is pretending to be you.

What does Facebook have to do with a notary public?

Facebook requires your identity to be verified by a notary public. You must provide Facebook with a statement verifying your identity, and that statement must be notarised by a notary public. So if you live in Sydney, but need to verify your identity to Facebook in order to obtain information about the person who is pretending to be you on Facebook, you need contact us immediately.

If you are already concerned with what this person who is pretending to be you on Facebook may be doing, then you should act as soon as possible otherwise any delay could result in further damage to your social status and reputation.

So what next?

What happens once you have found the person who has been pretending to be you? There are a number of options available to you, depending on the nature and the seriousness of the impersonation – and for that person (the impostor) there can be a range of criminal and civil liabilities, including damages and compensation. But in the first instance, we believe that you should be reporting it to your local police to see what evidence they can gather and whether there are sufficient grounds to bring charges. Having done that, you may want to consider whether you can take legal (civil) action.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

If you have never had to have a document notarised before, you may find our role as a notary public, the notary public services that we provide, and this whole process (especially authentication, legalisation and apostille) to be confusing and daunting. Do not worry! We are here to try to simplify it, make it easy for you to understand, and to guide you or assist you with achieving your desired goal.

Please contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this article or our notary public services.

Click here to see the flowchart that we created to help you understand the process regarding notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what next?

If you are now ready to proceed with having your document notarised, please visit our Notary Fees page for a FREE quote on our notary public services or just call us on 02 9687 8885 and speak to our friendly staff about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We are a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our low-cost fixed fee notary services, our availability to provide notary public services on short notice, and our focus on personal and timely notary public services. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, our notary public assists clients from across all suburbs of Sydney and beyond.

Ern Phang, Notary Public


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This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of notary public services to clients across Sydney. Extensive experience and low-cost fixed prices ensures quality services and satisfied clients.

is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct as at the time of publication. You should only rely on information and advice that is specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.

Posted: 2012-09-15 09:00:42 / Last edited: 2013-09-15 11:57:54