Online theft! Teen's identity stolen by Facebook impostor
THE disturbing discovery of an online impostor has left Toowoomba teenager Rhiannon Thompson feeling violated and vulnerable.
Miss Thompson, 17, logged onto Facebook yesterday morning to find a message from an old friend telling her about a profile featuring photos of Miss Thompson but under a different name.
The profile, named Summer-leigh Young, featured photos taken from Miss Thompson's own Facebook account.
Miss Thompson said it appeared the profile had been created in January and was updated as recently as last Friday.
"I'm actually blocked from the page, but my partner has sent them a message saying 'you need to take this down'," Miss Thompson said.
The fact that whoever created the profile had befriended more than 60 people was a concern.
Replies of gratitude to compliments on photos were also worrying.
"I feel pretty invaded.
"I don't know what to do."
She has urged her friends to report the impostor.
"Obviously, it isn't being used very harmfully at the moment, but it could be.
"Not being able to access the account or message them personally is very distressing."
Resolving the issue is now in the hands of Facebook administrators.
"I just hope it doesn't happen to anyone else."