I’ve seeing a major increase in scam artists using deceased people’s photos in Google Plus profiles, and other social media profiles. So far, I’ve had a scam artis try to sell me a cirqus voltaire pinball machine using stolen pictures off of a well known high end restoration service called Tresure Cove (I guy I’ve purchased pinball machines from in the past). Luckily, I knew it was his home, and his game. I also have a certain skill set of knowledge that the average web user may not have.
In the past I’ve taken screen captures (if in a video) or simply download the image to my hard drive and upload it to GOOGLE to find where it is on the internet already. You can see how many times this image has shown up online in the past.
I once took a screen capture from a video to find a FAKE SEO company in California. They actually had a picture of the April 2003 playmate in the video and they passed her off as a past client who said great things about there service! This little trick that GOOGLE provides for FREE can save you lots of headaches in the future!
How do do it? Go to Google!
Step 1: Go to https://images.google.com/
Click on choose file from your hard drive to upload (or drag file to “chose file” area).
Let Google do the work and return the results of where the images were found online.
Sometimes the results are a bit wacky. You can add text in the search bar to help google figure out what it’s looking at.
How else is it useful?
I’ve used this technique to find the manufacturer of products. Find the real person online. Find homes/locations from fraud images sent to me. I’ve event found images for police officers this way.