Catfishing: Don’t Let Someone Steal Your Online Identity

It’s a terrifying scenario. You get an email or text from a friend notifying you that someone is out there on social media impersonating you, they’ve taken all of your personal pics from your Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts and now they’re out there, pretending to be you. But it gets worse. The next show drops when they come to you directly and try to blackmail you with what they’ve obtained.  Demanding money, information or compromising pictures of yourself. (Yes, this happens)

You may not think you are a target, most people don’t. That’s why it’s so easy for criminals to pull this off. No one expects it to happen to them, until it does.

As a society, we’ve failed miserably in protecting our online privacy. We’ve traded personal privacy and eroded liberty in exchange for convenience and expediency. The cat is already out of the bag. We’ll probably never reverse this trend. Someone is watching you.  Everywhere. All. The. Time.

Maybe it’s the government, maybe its criminals, or maybe it’s corporate America. Maybe it’s a combination of all of them.  Whoever it is, there’s one thing they all have in common, they do not have your best interests at heart.

Recently, I had my friend and legal expert, criminal defense attorney Loretta Powers on my radio show on 840WHAS to talk about the terrifying possibilities of having to put the pieces back together after someone compromises your online identity and exploits it. Listen here:

Listen to “Working Overtime Episode 2 – Catfishing” on Spreaker.

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