[Editor’s note: You must report fake profiles to Facebook itself using the instructions below. Posting removal requests in the comment section here will not result in profile removal.]

The following post in our Reader Question series is an actual user submitted question:

Q:   How can I remove a fake profile of myself from Facebook?

A: What can you do if you find out someone has created a fake Facebook profile in your name?   This is actually a pretty easy situation to resolve. If you already have a Facebook account, go to the account page you’d like to report and click “Report Page” and enter the requested information. You’ll find this link at the bottom left of any Facebook profile.  If you don’t have a Facebook account you can visit the Facebook “Imposter Profile” page and report the issue there.

You should be aware that someone setting up a fake profile in your name may be an indication of even more serious identity theft. To learn more about how to protect yourself, check out our Facebook identity theft protection guide.  To proactively protect yourself from identity theft, consider signing up for Trusted ID, our top-reviewed identity theft protection service.