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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.
You Have Seen His Photos Before!
Steve Bustin Is Another Scammers Choice Award Winner
Of course, you don’t really know Steve Bustin, since these are stolen photos used by African Scammers, but he is popular! If you see his photo on a dating site – guess what? He is being used by a ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer.!
Here is a gallery of Steve Bustin photos we have found:
His Story: Steve Bustin
‘You don’t know me, but I thought I knew you…’ I sighed when I glanced at the email on my phone.
It was from a woman called Constance, a complete stranger to me, who was under the impression we’d been in a relationship for several months.
It has become an all too familiar tale. Over the past two years, my pictures have been used to 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. 11 women on dating websites. These are just the ones I know about, the real number could be much higher.
Because I work as a keynote speaker and public speaking coach, social media has always been an important part of my business as well as my social life – it’s how I find work as well as keep in touch with clients. I’d always been happy to share pictures of everything from holidays by the pool to work speeches, to hanging out with my black Labrador, to fancy dress parties.
But as I read the rest of the email from Constance, I felt my frustration grow. I rang her and listened as she explained she’d met a man called Martin Peterson on Elite Singles.
He said he was a widower, just like Constance, and claimed to be the son of an American diplomat who worked as an independent investor and lived in north London. Alongside his bio were several pictures of me, grinning at the camera. He claimed to be 58 – a bit of a cheek, seeing as I’m 46!
Constance had joined the website hoping to find love after losing her husband three years earlier, and Martin had seemed kind and understanding. He was interested in everything about her, texting her every morning to wish her a nice day, and ringing her for cosy chats in the evening. It’s a story I’ve heard time and time again.
She forwarded me the pictures Martin had sent her, and I shuddered when I saw one of me and my sister, who he claimed was his dead wife. It didn’t take me long to convince Constance I wasn’t the man she’d been talking to, especially when I told her she wasn’t quite my type. I’ve been with my husband, John, for 16 years, and happily married for eight.
Constance had begun to be suspicious of Martin when she noticed his hair colour and style changing within the space of a few hours. He claimed he was on a business trip, and sent her a snap of me sitting in a hotel garden having breakfast, with my curly grey hair in need of a trim.
Later in the day, he sent a second snap of me by the pool, in which my hair was shorter and darker. In fact, these pictures had been taken several years apart and ‘harvested’ from my Facebook account. She began to look carefully at all the pictures he had sent, and noticed some discrepancies.
Researching dating scamsScams 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. online, she found a way to find out where a picture had originated. By dragging a picture of Martin into a Reverse Image Search on Google, she discovered the pictures of the man she’d believed to be a widowed Danish investor were actually of me, a gay public speaker from Brighton.
When she confronted the scammer, he told her he’d Skype her later to prove that he was who he said he was. This was new to me: I knew that scammers were using my pictures, but I couldn’t imagine how on earth he’d pull off a video call. But with the help of a tech-savvy niece, Constance managed to record the call. My skin crawled as I watched footage of me sitting in my spare room, chatting away to Constance.
But it wasn’t my voice. The scammer had found an old recording I’d made years earlier to promote my business, and slowed the footage down, pausing it every now and again to make it look as if it were a poor, juddery connection. He’d added his own voice on top, and the results were really quite unpleasant. I knew it wasn’t real, of course, but I could see how convincing it is. That’s when it started feeling really scary.
Fortunately, Constance didn’t hand over any money. But other women have, including one woman who lost thousands of pounds. The scammer, or scammers, prey on older women who are often widowed or divorced and use a predictable formula: first, they gain their trust and bombard them with attention; then they say they are travelling abroad for work, where they are involved in an accident. Finally, they ask the woman to transfer money for medical treatment or flights home.
A few years ago, I had a close encounter with a rosebush and scratched my face. Unthinkingly, I posted a pic online of me with blood on my face. This picture has now been used by the scammer several times – he sends it over alongside a picture of a smashed-up car, and says he’s been involved in a serious accident. It’s only a tiny amount of blood, and it seems absurd to have walked away from a crash with a scratch like that, but it seems to work.
Several women have shown me messages I’ve supposedly sent, and it’s eerie to read them. The scammer is charming and convincing – once, when a woman became suspicious, he sent her a picture of a passport with my face PhotoshoppedPhotoshopped Means to alter (a digital image) with Photoshop (or similar) software or other image-editing tools especially in a way that distorts reality (as for deliberately deceptive purposes). onto it. It seems he’ll do anything.
I’ve done everything I can to try to stop this from happening, but now the pictures are in the public domain, I can’t get them back. The response from the dating websites has been appalling – they tell me they take customers’ security very seriously and have verification processes… but these processes don’t work. I’ve also reported them to Action FraudActionFraud Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. WEBSITE LINK, but because I haven’t lost out financially myself, there’s little they can do.
These days, I’m a lot more conscious of what I post online. I’ve changed my privacy settings on social media, something I hated doing because I’ve always been very open. I suppose my account was targeted because I had such a range of photos available, and the scammer could build a whole life from there. I don’t imagine I was picked for being particularly handsome – in fact, I wonder how ugly the scammer must have been for my pictures to have been an upgrade!
An expert told me that once my pictures had been skimmed from my accounts, they had probably been sold on as a bundle on the black market. I now encourage all my friends and family to be wary about what they post – once they’re out there, there’s nothing you can do to control where your photos are used.
My husband sees the funny side of it, although, of course, it’s very serious because these women have been duped. It’s a weird feeling that I don’t know how many women I’m currently ‘dating’ around the world. I want to find as many as I can who have been scammed by someone who looks like me, throw a party for them, and invite some single men to see if we can put it right – straight guys, of course…
[Article Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/how-your-photos-can-stolen-12274483]
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He Knows His Identity Has Been Stolen And Used By Scammers
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