As you may recall, I decided to sign up for Match.com in January to put myself out there and meet more people. As it turns out, the person who ripped off my profile and opened a fake Plenty of Fish account in order to scam people was ALSO trying to cast a wider net.
Yes, you read correctly. Some scammer took my photos, my username, and my self description to create a fake dating profile on a free dating website (one that I have never tried). When guys would email "me," "I" would apparently ask them to send me their personal information to an email account containing the words "sailor" and "moon."
I only found out because a nice enough fella sent me a message last week stating:
Nice (but ugly) Fella: "I think your Plenty of Fish profile was hacked. Or else you aren't nearly as witty and charming as your profile would suggest."Sho' nuff' - the link led straight to my doppleganger, scammer profile. I reported the profile, and it has since been removed. BUT I still feel so creeped out and violated. Now, every time some ugly dude gives me side eye, I will have to wonder whether or not he thinks that I scammed him.
Me: "I highly doubt that. I don't have a Plenty of Fish account. That has to be the lamest pickup line ever."
Nice (but ugly) Fella: "No really. Here is the link...."