How My Identity Was Stolen Online

from the on-the-internet,-you-can-be-anyone-you-want---and-they-can-be-you dept

Here’s the story of a BBC reporter who suddenly (and suprisingly to him, at least) discovered that someone was impersonating him on the Friends Reunited site, which is a sort of thing in the UK, where you can match up with people you used to know. It seems that someone took this reporter’s name, and wrote up a bunch of comments, as if from him, talking down to others who attended the same university as he did. While it’s not that big of a deal, and the site quickly erased the comments when he complained, he feels a bit violated to find that someone impersonated him online to make him look like a jerk. I’m sure similar situations happen all the time.

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