Thief uses Charleston woman's Facebook pics to solicit money

Thief uses Charleston woman's Facebook pics to solicit money

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - More and more people are learning the hard way what what the urban word "catfished" means.

One of Live 5's producers recently learned someone is pretending to be her on a popular social media site.

"A few of my friends were on that app [called] Tagged and they were like 'Are you on tagged?' and I said, 'No, I've never even heard of that before?,'" Amber Gilbert said.

Gilbert isn't on the app, that touts itself as a way to "meet, chat and match", but someone calling themselves Alicia is.

Alicia is using over thirty of Gilbert's personal photos on a Tagged account.

"They were all from my Facebook account," said Gilbert. "She says that she's 24, from North Charleston and I'm not from North Charleston. I'm not that age."

Alicia has been asking Gilbert's friends and other strangers to pay her bills.

"I was really upset when I heard about it," said Gilbert. "People are going to think that this is me and make me look bad."

Gilbert says she's also worried about her safety.

"I'm concerned about people talking to this person on the website and then seeing me, maybe at the mall or grocery store, and thinking that's me," said Gilbert.

So what do you do to prevent this from happening to you?

Charleston Police Det. Doug Galluccio investigates cyber crime and says protecting your information and photos starts with your privacy settings. Make sure people who aren't your "friends" can't see all of your photos and information.

Also, don't accept friend requests from people you don't know.

If it does happen to you, Galluccio says contact the site it's on immediately to alert them of the fake account. Also, contact your local authorities.

In Gilbert's case, police say this person could face fraud charges because they're asking people for money under a false identity. Gilbert is in the process of filing a police report.

The app Tagged has also been notified about the fake "Alicia P." account. As of Wednesday, it's still active.

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