DIERCKX & ASSOCIATES LTD » Fake Celebrity Profiles on Twitter

The NZ Herald reports

Kiwi celebrities are being targeted by social networking frauds, who are forging Twitter and Facebook accounts in their names.

False profiles are being created in the names of sports stars such as All Black captain Richie McCaw, Black Caps skipper Daniel Vettori as well as broadcasters and TV personalities.

The fictitious sites are fooling fans and friends into believing the profiles are real.

Internet safety watchdogs say creating a bogus website is illegal under the Crimes Act, and those targeted should take their concerns to police.

Identity Theft, Harassment

The article mentions that people who fin themselves a victim of such practices as described in the article, should go the police as it is according to Martin Crocker a crime to act as someone else. What Crocker appears to overlook or deliberately does not mention is that it is not as clear cut as it may seem.

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