Need a little help to find an impostor.

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bitterme
Need a little help to find an impostor.

I just got an IM from a young girl in Vienna telling me that she has apparently had an online relationship with me for the past 3 years. Apparently, someone was sending her my pictures and saying they were me, and got a very impressionable teenage girl to fall for them and have an extensive online relationship with them. Aside from the incredible naivety and stupidity of someone being in love with someone online for that long without even having a live cam session with them, I'd like to know who the hell this person is that's going about being me.

All I have is this email address: ***Email Removed By Moderator*** They said my name was Selin Agnie, that I was Turkish (um no) and the person spoke Turkish and English so I think it's safe to say this person isn't from the USA. I'm not finding anything on this email address, but I thought that maybe someone here might do a better job than me and be able to find something out.

I want to just email this guy, but somehow I think I should be more subversive. Any thoughts or ideas?

   

vinyl
Re: Need a little help to find an impostor.

How horribly creepy :(

Can you find out which pictures they were? If they're ones that are in a private album, then at least you can narrow down the list of suspects.

 

What was the girl's reaction? How did she find the real you? 

bitterme
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This wasn't on MySpace so there's nothing I can start with.  She found the real me when the person sent her my URL and apologized.

Moonshooter
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Hello BitterMe:

Thought I'd share a personal story with you.  I had been a Yorkshire Terrier Breeder for a number of years.  I have a website for my breeding business, with all kinds of cute puppy photos.  I have One particular puppy photo/graphic I have used in my email signature line, and it has become commonly associated with my breeding business.

Not too terribly long ago, I started getting several emails informing me that somebody had snagged my Yorkie graphic and was claiming to have saved my pups from Hurricane Katrina, in an attempt to "sell" them.

At first I was upset that someone would use my graphic in an attempt to defraud someone.  As the emails came in with website info, I would visit the places where I found the person violating my copyright.  (Sell your pupper sites)  I sent the webmasters a brief explanation of the problem and a link to my site and the AKC site for verification purposes.  They would always remove the graphic, ban the person and send me a confirmation.

Of course, it took a great deal of my time to get those things done.  What I learned from the experience was to not allow it to zap my energy.  I had other things to do and was not going to run all over the Internet trying to locate the person.

I would suggest that you do contact the person directly.  Take a tone of "I could be wrong about this but  . . ."  Then move on.  On the images you post on the Internet you could add your email address, watermark, all kinds of clever stuff today.  But do not worry about the impersonation unless they peep into your credit.  That is a whole other ballgame.  Remember, the time you spend on this endeavor takes away from the time you could be spending doing something more enjoyable and/or productive.   

 

I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I've usually made the right decision.

bitterme
Re: Need a little help to find an impostor.

I do watermark my images, but they crop the copyright off.  I don't like putting across in the middle of the image.

My issue is that this person did this for years, and this is *not* the first time.  I've had other reports of the same thing, and I think they're probably originating from the same person.  Stealing my images I could care less about, but using them to break people's hears, who eventually find the real me, I am not a fan of.

ThisGirl
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My issue is that this person did this for years, and this is *not* the first time. I've had other reports of the same thing, and I think they're probably originating from the same person.

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i was thinking about this, if you've had this kind of situation happen before and this person using your images did so for three years, and they've been chopping off your copyright and removing your watermark they have to be opening the image in an image editor and must know at least a little about editing the files. if you really want to pursue this, ask the IM'ing girl to email you the originals of pics he sent her, she shouldn't have a problem with that since she can clearly see that they are your's from your website.

open all of the images she sends you in photoshop and look at the file info option and go through all of the attached xmp data in them. maybe he's been putting his name or some fake name or something in there. you may even be lucky enough that he has an image editor set to add his metadata automatically to images (you can do that with lightroom) or runs an autobatch process on them. if he was able to pull if off for three years, he would at some point want to make sure none of your info is following those photos around as he sends them out claiming to be his own.

 

anyway, just a thought 

Moonshooter
Re: Need a little help to find an impostor.

Wow This Girl!  That is some very great advice.

 

 

I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I've usually made the right decision.

ThisGirl
Re: Need a little help to find an impostor.

well thanks :) i think it's kind of a long shot, honestly, but you never know where someone will leave tracks they didn't realize they were leaving

JagLuvr
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You may have thought of this already, but ask the girl to pull up an email from this guy and get her to look at the header.  Or even see if she can copy/paste it and send it to you for your own research.  Hotmail has the option for you to SELECT a country and will show you originate from there in your hotmail info, although unless masked in some way, the IP will still be correct.  It will help determine if this person is in the US or not for starters.

I also know a site (can't think of it at the mo, but its a popular one for checking IP's) that if you insert the header, it will trace the route and tell you if its a forgery.  The advantage there is, it gives you a clue whether they're masking or not.

bitterme
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The IP will just tell me their location, which I already know is Turkey.  I was more curious to see if anyone could find a profile of this person on any sites, or any other information, fromt he email address.

redmeme34
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Run the email though upscoop and you can find out if this guy has any other sites like myspace or facebook! Maybe if he has another site you could make a profile and try to get him to add you?

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