I understand how Slim Shady felt way back in the day when all he wanted was for the real Slim Shady to please stand up. Being impersonated is strange. Somewhat flattering, but mostly just annoying.
So this is the story. My wife and I are currently looking for a new place to live. We’ve been searching online through the posted ads and seen a few places and recently we contacted someone claiming to be in Denmark trying to rent out an apartment here in the city. Hindsight being what it is, this sure does sound sketchy and knowing the end result it may seem obvious to anyone reading this but hey, it sounded good at the time.
Long story short, we ended up sending photos of our passports to this person in exchange for the delivery of a key to see the apartment. A few days go by and no response from said Denmarkian. Yesterday, I’m contacted by a man who found this website after googling my name who says that somebody may be trying to scam his son using an image of my passport. Sure enough, he forwards me an email chain that looks very similar to the pitch used on me and my wife except for the name and email address.
Mr. Imposter had “cleverly” registered a similar email address to my own and was using my likeness to attempt to rip another person off, the fiend. For those who are interested, the false me’s email is “firstname.lastname@example.org”, feel free to drop him a line. See the email clip down below for inspiration.
Notice the 1 at the end of my name for that extra touch of legitimacy. Now I’m in the process of contacting the fraud department of various agencies to make sure I’m not on the hook for any of this guys shenanigans.
Moral of this story: trust no one, the internet is filled with dopplegangers who want to take your place and assume your life, and it’s super useful having a strong online presence to prove you’re the real Tom Traplin. This is me standing up.