Numbers start with 1, 2, 3; the Alphabet starts with ABC; Identity Theft starts with not fun-ny.
I’m going to cut to the chase and say there are people impersonating me on the site The Offside. I don’t know why they are doing it, or what they hope to achieve but they are commenting on the Arsenal, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Inter Offsides to my knowledge.
As a result, I will no longer be commenting on the Offside site until further notice.
This situation was first brought to my attention by commenter/reader beeeef, who had informed me someone was commenting on the Arsenal Offside under the name “Kari” about the Toral case. Other commenters (Tajh and ak amongst others) have also informed me of other appearances made by this “Kari”.
I’ll be honest here: the first time I saw that someone was using my name to post comments, I was annoyed but also quite flattered. Sure, it’s a piss off if someone is using your name and pretending they are you, but it also means they like you enough to go that far, right? They must like my work, right? And out of all the possible writers here, they had picked me of all people (that says something about their judgement skills). Then again, it’s also true they could hate or have a vendetta against me. Why else would they spend their time trolling (yes, I consider what they are doing trolling) other blogs under my name?
I had gone on to inform those Offsides that this fake Kari was not me and I thought I would just leave it at that. This person would eventually get bored and go away, I thought.
Except it didn’t work out that way.
Yesterday, this impersonation was taken to another, much, much scarier, level. Another “Kari” had shown up using the same avatar, name, and link to BFB as me. They had decided to post on the Arsenal Offside, replaying to the other “Kari”, Real Madrid Offside, and Barca Offside. I had hoped maybe Kxevin or someone from the Team had, for some odd reason, taken my email and started to post to counter the other, more aggressive, “Kari”.
It was swiftly and completely denied.
I won’t lie: I was scared. Really scared. I had thought I’d been hacked somehow. Or that someone on the Offside had somehow gotten my email and was using it. There were a million thoughts going through my head and none of them were positive.
I have since gotten their information from My Favourite Real Madrid Writer to whom I’m forever grateful for (he knows who he is!) and have found my email has not been hacked. The second Kari took the time to find my avatar on Google Images. I have the emails and names of both of the fake Kari’s. I won’t reveal them, but I know who you are.
Stop it. Now. The joke is over. You may not be saying offensive, trollish comments, which I am thankful for, but this is creepy. I don’t feel flattered–I feel violated. If you’re dying for your comments to be read that badly, repost them a million times; someone will read it then. Or make a name for yourself and post under it. If you continue to post comments under my name, prepare to be banned.
Right now, I’m upset. Genuinely upset. I’m going to take a break from the blog to clear my head.
I have never been the victim of Identity Theft before, so this was a first. I never, for a second, thought this would happen to me. Maybe some time in the future, I’ll look back and say this ordeal was flattering and that I might be overreacting (I doubt it), but right now, I just feel betrayed, unnerved, violated and so many other things. It’s all fun and games until someone assumes your identity, huh? And that was the creepiest part. It’s not what they are saying under my name that’s bothering me, it’s that they have tried to take my name and pass off as me.
That’s wrong. Just so wrong.
In any case, I’ll see you guys soon,