DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s what happened to Kristen Keith.
The 24-year-old Plano woman was a track star at Southlake-Carroll and Arkansas. She also has a cat named Puma. But then she found her identity under another name, Jennifer Partridge.
“I kind of laughed at first,” Keith said.
She discovered that someone on Facebook was stealing all of her photos and posting them under a different name.
“Obviously, I had a problem with that,” Keith said. “I was like this needs to come down . This needs to come down now.”
Keith found another ghost profile with her photos posted by someone named Martine. Its also happened to some of her Facebook friends. Whoever is behind it doesn’t seem to disparage any of the real people in the photos. So it raises the question why are they doing it?
Social media experts say criminals often use fake profiles to solicit money from others or communicate anonymously.
“Even the FBI put out a notice last week I believe about this very issue,” said Stephanie Ochoa with Image Vision, an Anna-based high tech company that creates security applications for social media websites. “People like to remain anonymous so they can steal identities or lure children in or what have you.”
Keith has had no luck getting the fake profiles removed.
“Its become kind of a nightmare to try to report,” she said.
She’s concerned because her face recently turned up on an adult website which advertises nude models – not the kind of image an up and coming young professional wants to project.
“What happens if they see my face on the internet and they say hey I think I read somewhere that girl does nude modeling? That’s not a good look,” Keith said.
Facebook did not respond to our request for comment.
Fake profiles are a violation of Facebook policy but not illegal.