Fake Identities

“They’ll never know.”

Maybe this is what people think when they use other people’s pictures, identities or other information online.

Someone used my photo to leave a probably fake testimonial about a product.

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An online acquaintance sent me a message months ago about a website that used my photo with a different name.She knew it wasn’t me who wrote the comment or article so she right there and then informed me. She also sent a message to her other friends whose pictures were used on the website.

I don’t really need to react hysterically. In fact, I wasn’t even surprised. Once you are online, may it be on Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Yahoo, or simply gaming…once you’ve created an online account, you and everything you post are not really free from being used by other people publicly. Even in chats.

Don’t be so surprised if you see yours being used in other online places. People close to you know you, anyway. =)

Have you had any experiences related to this before?

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5 thoughts on “Fake Identities

  1. So true, I can relate with this because one skin clinic used my photo and crop my watermark. I’ve been following them on IG so I was surprised when I saw my photo without tagging my IG or website. tsk tsk tsk. I informed them but deadma so I unfollowed na lang sa inis ko. What more pa yung mga hindi ko nadidiscover na nakuha. 🙁

  2. Haha I think I know that acquaintance that messaged you about it. It scared the hell out of me! I wouldn’t want my identity used for things I’m not really responsible for. As a marketer (and my husband being in full time ministry), our credibility matters to us so I’m extremely careful about these things.

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