Tue. Mar 19th, 2019

Catfishing: What happens when someone steals your identity?

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How do you know the photographs you post on social media aren’t being stolen by a stranger?

It’s easy to copy someone’s pictures and set up a fake online account – a phenomenon known as catfishing.

When BBC reporter Jennifer Meierhans became a catfish victim she decided to investigate.

She met Bongi Msimanga, who found someone pretending to be her on Instagram, and Joe Richards, who had a fake Tinder profile set up using his photographs.

They both hope a government white paper, due to be issued later this year, will include proposing to criminalise catfishing.

You can see this story in full on BBC Inside Out West Midlands at 19:30 GMT on BBC One on Monday 14 January, or via iPlayer for seven days afterwards.

‘A catfish stole my online identity’

How confident do you feel your social media identity isn’t being stolen by strangers?

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