R.I.P Impersonator!

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

This has been an absolute crazy week for me. I figured I’d share my story because what I went through was extremely uncomfortable and disheartening and the worst part was that no one really understood. I was on my laptop at work on monday (@Singer22) when I came across a slew of new twitter followers, my first instinct was to check where they were all coming from. I clicked on one person’s twitter account and saw on their profile a retweet by someone with a name (I will not disclose) – the person had my picture as theirs. I checked their account as well and saw this “girl” had many tweets acting as if she were me. I saw a copious amount of links with all the titles of my posts and the creepiest part of all was that she was tweeting my twitter pictures and acting as if they were hers. An example, a photograph of my best friend jane and I having wine and looking at a blackberry – her tweet “my best friend and I drinking wine and tweeting.” I couldn’t believe that this was even occurring, under her twitter name I noticed yet another link to a blog. I clicked it and was completely shocked to see the entire website was every single one of my posts. Beneath some of the posts, this person would write things like “these were taken last summer, miss those times.” or “this is me back home in ______” I sat there frozen going through every single post to reach the conclusion that this has been going on for almost a year. After seeing her introduction on the blog, I decided to type in her name to google, and found that she not only created this blog, and twitter account, but she had an actual Facebook account, which again, was her using my identity. On her facebook, I found another link to a different blog, and was amazed to see she had not only created ONE blog but two. I was so upset and felt completely violated. It was so frustrating to see that someone was using my identity and stealing my work. She had no contact e-mail (go figure) for the various sites she created. It was extremely invasive and upsetting to see that this person didn’t just use my blog photographs but somehow had access to personal photographs, including facebook ones. My boyfriend called the police and filed a stolen identity report and I of course filed all complaints on Facebook, Google, and Twitter, and it was finally taken down. It was a pleasure to have Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere e-mail me and explain to me what she went through when this occurred to her.
I am so glad it’s finally solved and over, and hope no one ever has to deal with such an invasive uncomfortable situation as this one.

26 Responses to “R.I.P Impersonator!”

  1. ShalidaAnn says:

    Tha's so sick that someone would have the audacity to do that! I'm sorry this happened to you but atleast the law was able to take care of it.

  2. verseastyle says:

    Wow girl. I have seen where some people have sickenly copied others ideas/ posts/ items but your experience was far worse. So glad they got caught. I hope they did not make one penny off your style. and good for you for figuring all that crziness out!

  3. Collections says:

    That's horrible and disgusting that someone would do that. Something similar actually happened to a friend of mine. Someone on facebook created an account pretending to be her, pictures and all. She reported it to facebook and the material got taken down but it was still very freaky and scary. Glad to hear that you were able to resolve it and I hope whoever is responsible will be held accountable!

  4. Ingrid says:

    I have read many articles about fake accounts that are impersonators, however these cases have only been about Facebook. I could never imagine someone actually making fake-blogs and Twitter accounts! At least you were lucky enough to know how to remove these accounts, but for instance I wouldn't even know how to send a letter of complaint on Facebook.

  5. Liv says:

    Wow. All I can think it… WHY?! What purpose could doing that possibly serve? I'm really happy to hear you managed to sort it all out, I would have felt completely violated and helpless with no clue where to begin. Wow.


  6. diana kang says:

    ew thats really creepy!!!

  7. Joy says:

    It's sad but I guess that's how you know truly how popular you are?!

  8. Astrid says:

    I'm so sorry to hear about that, it is not only disgusting but I can only imagine how horrible it must be seeing somebody copying you life without being able to stop it right away. But I agree, only the greatest blogs would be copied in that way, and your truly are!

  9. SAM says:

    Yikes, that sounds like an absolute nightmare! Glad you were able to get those pages shut down. Keep up the great work :)


  10. Arielle Noa says:

    thank you all for your kind words!! i'm so lucky to have such fantastic followers :) xxx

  11. Marissa says:

    that's creepy and scary! though, at least we are in a time when things like that can be taken care of by the proper authorities…it's sad that someone would do that.

  12. devorelebeaumonstre. says:

    that is so incredibly INSANE. I can't even understand how someone can be so fucked up in the head where they'd even want to do something like that. that's so good to hear that you were luckily able to take care of everything & get it taken down though. I honestly can't even imagine how violated you must feel. xx

  13. Anonymous says:

    Poor girl obviously felt so worthless and low that she had to pretend to be someone else who she looked up to and that just so happened to be you.

    Although creepy i wouldn't have over reacted and gone to the police.

  14. Violet says:

    I am so sorry that you had to go through that and glad you got it under control. i never understand what these people get out of pretending to be someone else

    Vi from Cali

  15. leedva says:

    I am sure this girl is following every single post of yours here, so he'll read that you've found her and, furthermore, went to police. So, hopefully, she'll shut all he fake accounts and won't be doing it any longer.

  16. Jen S. says:

    WOW!! I can't believe that happened to you. I am so glad that its all taken care of. Its like identity theft which I have had happen to me except someone what incurring debt under my name. UGH!!! Some ppl.


  17. Studying with Stilettos says:

    that's super creepy i'm sorry you had to go through that! im glad everything got worked out. xo

  18. Sian says:

    Oh my gosh, the Internet makes everyone and everything way too accessible these days!! Glad to see that the situation has been rightfully corrected. Look forward to reading more of your posts.


    Sending love from Australia

  19. Rich Girls. says:

    wow. the lengths she went to is insane.
    i'm super glad that it's all fixed now and that you can have some peace of mind, gorgeous!
    ahah it's cute that you have 'how to take a screenshot in mac' tab opened. x.

  20. Midge says:

    That is so odd! YIKES

  21. Leora says:

    UNREAL! People's audacity never ceases to astonish me. I'm so sorry you had to deal with that nightmare. I would have done exactly as you did. Thanks for sharing…and thank God that's over with.

  22. Chauncey says:

    Ew, that is so creepy. Glad that creep got taken down. Like who does that, really? It just goes to show that you are a very inspiring person and that a lot of girls aspire to be like you….LITERALLY. lol

    Hope you're feeling better.




  23. geena says:

    i dont understand how its an invasion of privacy when u post your activites and life on a public blog.

  24. Meanz says:

    What would possess someone to do that? I'm sorry that happened to you. It's sickening that people would go so far as to steal all of your pictures and pretend like they were you. I feel like it used to happen all of the time on myspace, and it happened to me before, but not in such a large sense. I'm glad you got it all figured out and everything taken down and for sharing this story! I hope it never happens again to you or anything. It's so ridiculous!

  25. Mel says:

    You should watermark your photos w/ a "somethingnavy" logo or text because your photos are everywhere on the internet. It is a good thing you acted as quickly as possible to stop this. But take action and protect your images w/ your logo.

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