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We Mean ImpersonationImpersonation An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the behavior or actions of another. There are many reasons for impersonating someone, such as: part of a criminal act such as identity theft, online impersonation scam, or other fraud. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of another, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information or to gain property not belonging to them. Also known as social engineering and impostors. Victims – The Face In The Stolen Photo!



WARNING: This is going to be blunt, because this is the only way to reach some victims – this does not apply to most romance scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. victims.

Invading The Privacy Of Impersonation Victims Is Not Ok.

In many cases, it causes profound disruption for their families and has even led to divorce.

Do Not Try And Contact The Real Man Or Woman In The Photos – He/She Is A Victim Too!

He or she already knows their photo is being used because of the hundred or thousands of other victims that have contacted them.

Remember, while you may want closure, that is not the way to get it. Leave them in peace, please!

It is important to understand when your own behaviorBehavior   Behavior / Behavioral Actions Otherwise known as habits, behavior or behavioral actions are strategies to help prevent online exploitation that target behavior, such as social engineering of victims. Changing your behavior is the ONLY effective means to reduce or prevent scams. crosses a line. Hunting down an impersonation victimImpersonation Victim An impersonation victim is someone who has had their identity or images used by someone who imitates or copies their identity to scam or defraud another. This is a criminal act such as identity theft, online impersonation scam, or other fraud. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of this victim, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information or gaining property from someone else. is one of those times.

You were scammed because you acted impulsively. Yet by hunting down an impersonation victim, you are just doing it again!

You May Also Be Breaking The Law!

In fact, in the U.S. and other countries, it is actually a form of stalking (including cyber-stalking) and is a crime.

The Legal Definition Of Stalking:

Stalking is behavior wherein an individual willfully and repeatedly engages in a knowing course of harassing conduct directed at another person, which reasonably and seriously alarms, torments, or terrorizes that person. Stalking involves one person’s obsessive behavior toward another person. Initially, stalking will usually take the form of annoying, threatening, or obscene telephone calls, emails or letters. The calls may start with one or two a day but can quickly increase in frequency. Stalkers may conduct covert surveillance​ of the victim, following every move his/her target makes. Even the victim’s home may be staked out. Many will stop after they have been arrested, prosecuted, and/or convicted.

That is the definition of hunting someone down because you fell in love with their photo.

If you are tempted to do this, please talk with a therapist, counselor, or other mental healthMental health Mental health, defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community". According to WHO, mental health includes "subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, intergenerational dependence, and self-actualization of one's intellectual and emotional potential, among others". From the perspectives of positive psychology or of holism, mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life and to create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. Cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how one defines "mental health". professional.

You Do Not Have A Relationship With Them

You do NOT have a relationship with the face in the photo – regardless of how much you want it and imagine it – that is just a fantasy.

Romance scam victims have gone so far as to accuse the real people of being scammers creating total chaos in the lives of the other person