Could someone be using your photos to scam people? Find out for free

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Not many people know about this so I figured I'd post. To be honest, I just learned it myself.

If you go to Google Images you will see a camera icon at the end of the search bar.

Click that camera icon, and you can now either upload a photo, or provide the URL to a photo and see where its being used.

There was a story on NBC about this - Someone was using a guy's photo on a dating website & was scamming people out of thousands. They found out using this.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    This is excellent man! I guess I should use this technique to find out who's using my pictures to possibly "scam" or "mislead" people.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    Do you know how this is different or better than Tiny Eye?

    Thanks for posting.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Thanks for the tip!

    This could be monumental in stopping internet scams and misuse of other peoples images to make a quick buck and potentially destroy another person's reputation. I really hope this tool is not misused by people. I was wondering when they would come up with something like this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    Never heard of Tiny Eye so I'm not sure, I just found out about this like 2 min before I posted.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
    Well the limiting factor about the search is the images size. I just tried it and it only gave me results of my exact pic size. So in essence people could still use my picture but change the size.

    What a joke. According to Google I look similar to these people:


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    • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
      Originally Posted by Mike Hill View Post

      Well the limiting factor about the search is the images size. I just tried it and it only gave me results of my exact pic size. So in essence people could still use my picture but change the size.

      What a joke. According to Google I look similar to these people:


      Well, isnt that you in pic 2 Mike? :p
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
      Originally Posted by Suthan M View Post

      Well, isnt that you in pic 2 Mike? :p
      Originally Posted by Mike Hill View Post

      Well the limiting factor about the search is the images size. I just tried it and it only gave me results of my exact pic size. So in essence people could still use my picture but change the size.

      What a joke. According to Google I look similar to these people:




      LOL... the only thing similar in these pics is I'm wearing a hat and so is one of these people .. LOL
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Mike Hill View Post

      What a joke. According to Google I look similar to these people:
      And you think you have problems?! At least those guys are human: according to Google, I look similar to a plate of fruit-salad (limes, kiwi and green apples). I'm thinking more "color-recognition" than "photo-recognition", here? :p
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      • Profile picture of the author Claire Koch
        just saying thanks as for the rest hahahahahahahahahahahahahaahah, ha thats hysterical
        surely you can conjure up a good video about this and rake em in
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  • Profile picture of the author Pamellalovely
    Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

    Not many people know about this so I figured I'd post. To be honest, I just learned it myself.

    If you go to Google Images you will see a camera icon at the end of the search bar.

    Click that camera icon, and you can now either upload a photo, or provide the URL to a photo and see where its being used.

    There was a story on NBC about this - Someone was using a guy's photo on a dating website & was scamming people out of thousands. They found out using this.
    Thanks for sharing this nice tips i never noticed that icon but right now i am going to check my picture. May be possible some one is use my picture for scamming.
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  • Profile picture of the author mileagedriver
    Great tips..Used to google for images more often and never knew there is an option like this. Great and thanks for making us aware of this option.
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  • Profile picture of the author GLA
    Yeah, TinEye's been around a while, which is what I've used on occasions. Didn't know about Google's service or how new it is, but been using TinEye since last year sometime.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidtong
    TinEye's not that effective, Google Image Search is much faster. Wrote an article about finding your stolen photos last year on my site as well, helped a friend track down a photo thief.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    This method has been around for some time now.

    I use this method to check "clickbank earnings proof" screenshots.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    LOL Mike

    @ramone, yeah I think this has been around for a really long time, but not many people noticed that little camera icon.. or if they did, they didnt bother to click it.

    I know I didnt.

    You could also use it to search for images that you own the copyrights to, not just yourself. As for the size thing, they will probably come up with a solution for that eventually. It is google after all. lol
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