someone is using my information to make fake profiles!

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

YIKES, creepy! Someone is using your information to “catfish” other people, maybe?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

That is soooo creepy. Did you find them by googling your real name, or a username that you often use?

Did you have a myspace account? All of those demographics used to be listed on Myspace…

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Pixie26:  that is creepy. I can think if 2 possibilities

1) just random run of the mill Internet creepiness, some random lifted your personal information to use to try and amuse themselves cat fishing people on these dating sites

2) someone you know, who has a grudge against you, is putting these profiles on dating sites in some twisted scheme to make it look like you are cheating 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Pixie26:  I think they are catfishing with your info to use your pictures once they do meet someone of interest.  They are insecure iwth their own looks and perhaps find you very attractive.  Or it’s an ex that’s planning some sick game.  I’d contact both sites and have them remove your info immediately.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@blushpinkbride:  +1

I have heard of this happening before. It could also be someone you know or an aqcuaintance that would have access to vewing one of your social media profiles (If you have one.) Contact the website administator and see what they can do.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Pixie26:  Did you ever use ANY kind of dating site or one of the early social media sites? There are some sketchier dating sites that are linked (ie, different names/target demographics, but run by the same company), so the same profiles appear on multiple sites, often without the original poster being aware that they’ve been relisted on other sites. And I think some also skim data off other sites in order to pad their numbers and profiles to entice new members (nobody wants to join a dating site that nobody else uses).

And was it your actual name or a username that you used in the past or still currently? If it’s your actual name, it COULD be another person (although the likelihood of them sharing all your data is low, it’s not impossible). Early in our relationship I freaked out when I found a bunch of information that made it look like my then-boyfriend had been recently active on dating sites and WAS ACTUALLY NOW MARRIED- and it really looked at first like it was him. Turned out, there was another guy with his not-especially-common name, same basic physical description, close in age, also in the military, with similar career timelines so they’re close in rank. They lived in different places but otherwise had a lot in common. I figured this all out eventually (with absolute proof that it was somebody else), but I was massively weirded out when I first found it because what are the odds? But it was just a crazy series of coincidences. 

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I doubt it is someone catfishing or doing anything creepy, I don’t think there is any chance it is an ex. Try googling the information in the profiles, are there other profiles in other areas that match the description? I would bet that it is a spammer, have you meaaged them? I would guess that it would probably come back asking you to either email them or go to another site.

 

It is pretty common for spammers to farm the data from another site and use it to create fake accounts so they look legitimate. If you have provided this info online previously then I bet this is what is going on.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Pixie26:  Yeah, it’s from your old dating websites. Some sites keep that info and recycle it onto partner sites. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Pixie26:  Yeah, if it’s an old username, accurate but dated or nonspecific info, and no pics, 99% certain it’s an auto-generated thing using old-old profiles you long since deleted. Most of those sites never actually delete your info (even the “legit” ones like Match), they just deactivate them from view/contact… all that data lingers on forever.

I’d try to get them taken down and let your SO know about them so they never come back to haunt you, but I wouldn’t worry there’s anyone out there targeting you maliciously.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yikes! that’s creepy scary!

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