A family member of mine called my attention to a Facebook profile with data significantly resembling mine:
Matching first and last name
Matching secondary school
Different workplace (although same industry)
4 profile photos showing someone else (safe-for-work but a bit dating-site-style photos)
The profile dates back to 2019, has about a dozen generic posts (most of them with 20-30 likes) and a single comment from another user (whose profile also dates back to 2019).
I am not a journalist, politician or any other high-profile person. I live in a relatively large city, but the rest of the matching data can hardly be a coincidence. I have a rare name, I only know of 3 people worldwide with the same name, and we all have widely different occupations, education history and place of living.
I would like to know:
What may be the intentions of the creators of the fake profile?
What actions should I take?
What I have done so far
I saved a copy of the fake profile page and photos in case in the future they take them down but I need to present them as evidence for any reason.
I reactivated my Facebook account (that I previously deactivated several years ago) to make sure I still have access to it and thereby exclude the possibility that it was taken over and repurposed as the fake profile. While being there, I set a new password and added a second-factor auth (it was not an option back then), then deactivated the account again.
I removed my profile photos from various web sites to make it a little harder to find a photo of me which could be misused on the fake profile, making it even more convincing.
I did a reverse image search of the fake profile picture on the internet. I found a profile on vk.com with the same image but a different name and even different nationality. This could be a fake profile as well or a real profile with the original source of the images (although the person's age does not seem to match the photos, so probably fake as well). I saved this too.
I reported the fake profile to Facebook as "pretending to be me". I got the answer "we reviewed the profile you reported and found that it doesn't go against our Community Standards."