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How To Check If Someone Is Using Fake Photos On Social Media

Catfish alert!
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For this article, I need you to imagine two hypothetical scenarios:

1. That you successfully matched with someone on Bumble. You hit it off, and you take the conversations to another platform—maybe Instagram, maybe Facetime.

2. You ask for each other's photos, and they send you this:

Now, we all know THAT is Hyun Bin, aka Captain Ri on CLOY. But what if your new online friend does exactly what I did, which is to pick a random Google Image (here's where I got the image) to pretend they're someone else?

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To check if someone is catfishing you, you can perform a reverse image search on Google. This easy-to-do search will return similar images and websites that use that particular photo. According to Business Insider, it's a great way to:

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  • Find information about something in a photo.
  • Uncover plagiarism.
  • Find other similar images.

How to do a reverse image search on Google (Best done on Google Chrome browser):

  1. Go to Google Images' home page (images.google.com). Click the camera icon.
    Go to Google Images and click the camera icon. Google Images
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  2. Go to "Upload an Image." Alternatively, you may upload the image URL of any photo you find online.
    Select "Upload an Image" so you can use the photo you want to fact-check. Google Images
  3. Once uploaded, Google will display websites that contain the photo.
    Search results of an uploaded image of Hyun Bin. Take note that the photo's file name was changed to provide zero identifiers for the image. Google Images

    Google will also show similar images to the one you uploaded:

    Google provides visually similar images to the one you uploaded. Google Images
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  4. If your goal is to find out if this is a unique individual who is telling the truth, then click all the matches and verify if search results match the identity of the person you know. If there are inconsistencies, then it's a definite red flag. If nothing pops up, well, that could be a warning sign too. Who doesn't have a social media presence these days?!

    Also, if it's the real Hyun Bin's photo, then it's probably too good to be true, as we have proven with this exercise. Asa ka?

If you want to do a reverse image search on your phone, the steps are pretty similar, but you need to request the desktop version of your browser. The video below shows how it's done:

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For more tips on how to catch a catfish, click here.

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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