DENVER – Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, unless you find 23 fake profiles pretending to be you on Twitter.
Denver resident Talia Haykin was alerted to the first fake profile one week ago, when her friends were tagged in a tweet regarding the Jewish Sabbath. The tweet was on a Wednesday, the Jewish Sabbath begins on Friday night.
“Every single Friday, right before Shabbat, we all tweet each other this list and say ‘Shabbat Shalom guys,'” said Haykin. “It was very odd that one got sent out on a Wednesday.”
What she found was a profile using her cover photo; a portrait of her, her husband and her dog.
“As violated as I felt when they stole pictures of my dog, I can only imagine how violated I would feel when they stole pictures of my children,” said Haykin.
The fake account included tweets duplicating her tweets.
“They physically copied and pasted (my tweets) as if they were their own messages,” said Haykin. “All of my friends tweeted, ‘Don’t follow this person, it’s an imposter.’ And the craziest part was that they started retweeting those tweets.
That was just the first of finding 23 fake profiles.
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