Getting Catfished

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Recognize the girl in these photos?




Yeah, so did I.

One of the downfalls to posting your photos all over blogland, and just social media land in general, is that anyone can have access to these photos. After keeping this under wraps for a while, I'm sad to announce that it seems I might be the latest victim of stolen identity due to photos posted online. A friend of a friend emailed me a few weeks ago and notified me there seemed to be someone on Facebook posting my photos under a different name. Let's call her Lexie Harris. Of course eleven-year-old me was immediately jealous of my fake name given that "Lexie" was always my go-to during a good round of Barbies.

But anyway, once I searched this person out and started to feel so violated after seeing a bunch of my photos posted to her account, I did what any mature adult would do- I started Catfishing my Catfish.

Like any smart gal born after 1985, I've had a fake Facebook account for a few years now. I keep it in my back pocket just for a rainy day. He happens to be a nice young gentlemen who does no harm on Facebook, he's simply there for creeping reasons. He doesn't have any photos of himself, just a stupid background photo that makes him look like a snowboarder (or at least I thought it did when I chose the photo for him.) And apparently so does fake-me because now she's started flirting with him!  Stick with me now because this is where the story gets a little hard to explain- but I'm currently using my fake Facebook account, to talk to my fake self (the person who stole my photos) to learn more about my fake life and my fake hobbies. And it's a real trip, I gotta tell ya.

It started out innocent enough. I just wanted to ask fake-me a few questions about her photos, you know, hoping to catch her in a lie or two. But I'll be damned if that Lexie Harris doesn't have all the right answers. Of course her answers aren't true, but they're pretty entertaining never the less. I've learned she doesn't live in Chicago, but visits here frequently because she has her OWN JET! She's actually bicoastal and lives between New York and California, with the occasional trip to Europe in the summer. So now it turns out fake-me is living a way cooler life than real-me, talk about a low blow. Oh and get this, she's an event planner! For like "really important professional events." I'm not even sure what that means, but if I know Lexie, it's gotta be something real legit.

So here's the thing, I've only actually corresponded with this person twice. Yet she's written me a book of  a response in every message because the poor thing obviously just wants someone to talk to. To be quite honest I'm kinda flattered she chose my motley photos. I mean, why didn't she choose one of those fancy bloggers with the pretty hair extensions and the pretty house, who at least appear to have their shit together... and who probably don't eat their cereal from a square tubberware container because all of her bowls are dirty.

I know I'll eventually tell this person the gig is up, I'll put it on my to-do list for tomorrow in fact. I get that it's super weird and creepy, but I feel like we live in a super weird and creepy world right now. For starters, we literally post our photos everywhere, just look at Pinterest for example. Bloggers (myself include) actually have "pin this" attached to our photos making it even easier for people we don't know to repost them, and to a platform of all sorts of new strangers, no less. So does this whole thing weird me out? Yeah, of course. But am I that surprised by it? No, not really.

For now I just feel kinda bad for fake-me, besides her cool jet setting life she seems a little fake-lost right now. And that's really fake-hard. But if one day she starts a blog called The Daily Lexie I'm gonna be pissed.

Now go take on the day, because if you don't, fake-you will.

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87 comments:

  1. HAHA do you think she will read this? Also..go you for stalking her back!

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  2. So weird... that would creep me out and flatter me all at the same time.

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  3. Holy Cow...this is so crazy. I know most of the time people say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but this is just whole new creepy level. I find it hilarious that you fake chat with her too funny. I can't wait to read how this all turns out.

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  4. haha love this. I wish I would have thought about this before I busted my Catfish. I just reported her and her her shut down! Too funny.

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  5. Wow. Your humor in this post is classic! This whole situation is kid of funny and creepy at the same time. Kudos to you for letting her live the Jet-Set life just a little longer. I'll definitely be checking back for updates! Thanks Tay!

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  6. Oh my gosh! I this its awesome that you are chatting with her, too funny!

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  7. Omg the fact you are talking to her..LOL! Go get em!

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  8. It is amazing that you found out! I am a Catfish addict and this is a fear of mine. Keep us updated!!! Kudos to Lexie for making her fake life sound so cool! Lol

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  9. Bow Wow was recently the victim of catfishing. You're in good company.

    But maybe you won't have to tell her to stop because she'll read this post and feel a deep sense of shame?

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    1. Slash here is the video of Bow Wow responding to being catfished in case you need to waste 2 minutes of your life.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd9KWnMI_5k

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  10. and then i died from too much lol'ing.
    this is just too much. and frankly - i think we're all a little jealous of lexie.

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  11. How do you do it? Seriously!! Why is it that after reading your post, I too want a fake-me?

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  12. bahahaaha! I've totally stalked with fake accounts too.

    Wanna hear something funny? A girl I went to high school with and knew since kindergarten, WHILE we were still in school, actually used my pics for her profile on a social site - except the guy came across my profile since we live in the same town and e-mailed me asking what was up. So I did what any nice friend would do and sent a real photo of her...that just happened to be a more awkward school photo!

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  13. Whoa! Creepy Mc Creepster!! But nonetheless flattering.

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  14. So crazy. I don't even know how I would feel about that, but I guess I can take comfort in knowing NO ONE would want to steal pictures of me. Maybe they would steal pictures of Axel (my baby) which, now that I think about it is incredible scary. I guess I get why people don't put pictures of their kids out there. But my daughter was a model for a baby bedding company and I see her picture pop up on pinterest every now and then so I've gotten used to that. I hope you do a follow up post about how this all went down! I feel kind of bad for Lexie if she felt the need to make up all that stuff.

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  15. That is serious creeper status! I would be bummed that my fake life is having more fun than me! Oh to have a jet the things I would do! Haha!

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  16. This is awesome and exactly something I would do. My fake facebook account is used to play games I don't want people knowing I play!

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  17. This is just awesome, I'm thinking you need to call Nev and Max this could be your big TV break after all.

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  18. You need to call Nev and get on Catfish! They've never done it from that angle and it would be so interesting!

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  19. This is literally the most perfect response ever!! I need my own fake jet to take places! :)

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  20. My friend's photos were stolen by a fat, ugly white girl. Here's the thing: my friend is skinny and biracial. The ugly girl's friends kept commenting on the photos, saying how pretty she was. So apparently the ugly girl has equally messed up friends.

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  21. At least fake you gave real you something to blog about today.

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  22. Oh my gosh!! This is so crazy! But, you're right... In a world where we put pretty much everything out there, it's more likely to happen than not. Would you please try to get her phone number & facetime with her when you let her know that the gig is up!? LOL! I just want to see this girls reaction!

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  23. SO weird but So funny!

    what would be funnier is if it was actually someone you know playing a prank on you (like your mom, or that handsome "roomie" of yours :P) ... next thing you know Ashton Kutcher is gonna come to your door and say you just got PUNK'D

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  24. It is so funny/creepy/outrageous/hysterical/nutsy thing ever! People are totally crazy. But you are darling and pretty and (obvs) super funny. I'd totally steal your pics if I was 10 years younger and going to Catfish someone. Alas, I'm old and boring and way too busy with life to do something so brash and trendy.

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  25. this is insane. but also very awesome that you have a fake facebook. and i want to stalk fake you.

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  26. What is he/she got your photos off your blog and you just blew your cover!? I hope not because I want to read the second chapter in this saga one day.

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  27. Creeeeeepy (imagine that in the baby's voice from the State Farm commercial when he goes Ffffffreeaaaaky!) I honestly feel sorry for the people who have no life of their own that they feel the need to be someone else.

    Time to start watermarking all your pics so they can't steal anything you post moving forward ;-)

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  28. That is really creepy and sad (of her, obviously). I wonder what her real intentions are. And I'm kind of obsessed with the show Catfish.

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  29. Oh my gosh. This is nuts! Can't wait to her what Lexie's response is when you call her out.

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  30. omg i don't know if i'd be flattered or creeped out. probably flattered? apparently that person needs your identity more than you do haha if that makes sense. it probably doesn't. okay, i'll stop now. i wonder if she'll read this (because this is probably where she got all the photos) and be like oh shit. busteddd.

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  31. Oh my! This cracks me up! I'm so glad you didn't just bust her but are investigating... hahaha! WOW! I really hop you post the story on here once you tell her the gig is up!

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  32. Hahaha, I love this! It's actually pretty funny, my housemate has been catfishing people, and she has no idea that I know. She's got like 5 separate twitter accounts to talk to people, and also tweets at her real account, telling herself she's pretty, she's so cool, etc. It's so sad, and I don't know what to do about it. So for the time being I just sit back and watch.

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  33. I'm so about to go stalk fake you! This is hilarious. I hope to learn more about Lexie - I would take this as far as you can! Make them fall in love. Does that make me a bad person? :)

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  34. This is amazing. I can just imagine you freaking out and then plotting. I love it.

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  35. Holy hell. I just wrote about how blogging is weird as shit today. I wouldn't have ever thought to include catfishing as one of my reasons. Is it wrong that I'd rather be friends with fake-Taylor than real-Taylor though? I really want to fly to Europe on a private jet.

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  36. hilarious! your fake fb to check out the fake you reminds me of that friends episode where someone steals monica's credit card and she pretends to be monona (no idea how that should be spelled) to hang out with her.

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  37. I love your humor about it :) I don't have a fake account, but that might be fun!

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  38. This totally happened to me during the myspace days... I've always wondered how far those pictures got and if they're still being used. I secretly hope they are so I can be on MTV one day....

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  39. oh. my. god. This is crazy but you've made it kind of hilarious!

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  40. That is freaking hilarious! I saw keep the fishing going as long as you can, will definitely make for very interesting posts. I've been thinking lately about adding watermarks to my photos because of something like that.

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  41. Hahaha oh my WORD... this is too hilarious. I hope there isn't a fake-me out there anywhere ;)

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  42. I am reading this with mouth agape. You HAVE to fill us in on Chapter Two. God I hope Lexie is reading this. This is totally insane. I LOVE IT!

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  43. I wish the fake snowboarder could meet Lexie and you could film it and put it on tv and make a billion dollars.

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  44. You realize "she" is probably a skeezy 50 year old man in his mother's basement, right? I think you should definitely try to identify the real person behind your photos!

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  45. this is the CRAZIEST blog story i have ever read!! I am not surprised it happened becasue you're beautiful...but i am surprised it happened. I have always wondered if by having a blog I will get used as a catfish (not trying to sound conceited or anything)...actually just worried about the possibility of a stolen identity.
    And now I am super curious about your catfish and couldn't find her on a prelim search of facebook hahaha

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  46. OMG this is insane! When fake you starts spending your real money aka what happened to me..that's when the real issues begin. Until that point, I think it's fabulous that you've been corresponding with her.

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  47. ERMAHGAWD, Taylor. This is ridiculous! Invite Lexie to skype chat you. And I wanna be a third party caller. Please?

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  48. This is tooo creepy!! I'm worried about that happening to me, but then I realize I'm a hot mess I don't think that will ever happen to me

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  49. Do you think Lexie Harris will let you use her jet?

    F'ing weird.

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  50. WHAT IN THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I watch Catfish religiously, and every week, I am amazed at the idiocy of the common man. WHO THE F believes this kind of bullshit--oh! I happen to be super young and an event planner and yet I own my own jet! On Catfish, it's "I'm a model" or "I'm a rapper" . . . bitch, please.

    I'm totally in awe of you for coming back at her with her own game (something hilariously meta about two fake profiles chatting each other up), but . . . I kinda wish you'd called Nev and Max. ;)

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  51. "the poor thing obviously just wants someone to talk to" hahahha.
    Well since we know she's reading all this... Hi Lexie!! Can I buy a fake ticket for a fake flight on your fake jet?!?
    people are so weird.

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  52. No Taylor. You need to make sure you take this all the way to the actual show. But maybe you and Lexie could collaborate on the way, and somehow catfish that Nev guy. I think he needs it to happen to him (again).

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  53. OH. MY WORD. You're catfishing your catfish. That is so perfect and hilarious.

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  54. This post was way too much Inception/meta for my brain to handle. Gotta hand it to you - faking a fake! Atta girl, Lexie! I mean, Taylor!

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  55. I am so embarrassed...I was starting to fall in love with him.

    -Lexie

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  56. this is amazing. pleaseeeee tell us how this ends.

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  57. The beginning of a lifelong romance has begun.

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  58. She is creepy! You are hysterical... Should keep it going a little longer...

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  59. Catfish your catfish, how very Inception-ish. Seriously though, can you please skype her to tell her the gig is up? I would die to see the facial expressions!

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  60. OH MY GOSH!! This is SCARY!!! Makes me want to start watermarking all my pictures. EEEK!!!

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  61. I'm gonna call Nev and Max.. I don't think that they are into the whole "blog world" thing yet but after this BS, they will be. HOW DARE someone hack our dear TAY TAY. It's 3:04AM and I've literally lost sleep over this.. okay, well.. not really, I just got into a "bar fight" and my friend wouldn't video it for my blog so I made her walk home.

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  62. WOW. Well, this is all a bit (okay, a lot) ridiculous. Also. I LOLed (for real) at the eating cereal out of square tubberware, because that's what real-me is doing right now, too. If there is a fake-me, I'm certain she has a dishwasher.

    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  63. Wait... but if she stole the pics from the blog, isn't she reading this now?!

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  64. Lol Tay this is so funny! It's freaky when so many people see your pics and know all about you! This past summer I was back in Philly at my fav restaurant (I used to live there before I moved to Europe) and the server recognized me from my (teeny tiny) blog! It was the absolute weirdest thing and I kept trying to place her but it turns out she only knew me (and my husband bc she saw us on house hunters intl). Anyway you've got 2 of you reppin' for internetland now!

    Also did u ever see Wish Upon a Star? I think her name was Alexa and it made me like the name Lexie too :)

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  65. You know what else is creepy? I'm pretty sure I recognized Chris at Big Star on a Wednesday a few weeks ago and I was totally wishing you were there so I could say hi... next time! (maybe it wasn't him, but I'm pretty sure it was. and I felt awkward for recognizing someone from blog land. haha)

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  66. That is so creepy. I understand if people are lonely, but there are other ways to deal with that than posing as someone else online. There are some things I just can't understand. But what could you even do about it?

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  67. There are a lot of different things that could stand out to people on this post but the main one for me was, I'm glad I'm not the only one eating out of square Tupperware at breakfast. (Sorry to hear about the creeper...)

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  68. I kinda want you to share who she is so I can go snoop and find out all about her amazing life and see how she posted your photos!
    I love a good ol' Facebook stalk!

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  69. I would be so intrigued, I would not be able to stop catfishing her! I mean I would want to know all about the fabulous life she is living.

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  70. This is too funny. But also very surreal. I think if someone was being me out there and I found out I think it would be weird to talk to myself but I would have to know too.

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  71. What a creeper. The best lie she could come up with was that she had a private jet?! At least she (or he) has a very overactive imagination.

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  72. I think you should tell us who she is, so we can all make fake FB profiles, and she can get bombarded with "hot men" wanting her....bwahahahaha!

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    1. Haha I really thought about linking her FB page! But I tried to remember that "Lexie" could very well be a creepy 50 year old man and I don't think I want to piss off a weird internet freak who could possibly track me down somehow?! Yikes!

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  73. This is the most fascinating thing I've ever read in my life. What if there is a fake Chris profile out there and she fake met him. Would we all explode and get sucked into some kind of alternate dimension if that happened?

    OMG OR... what if Chris IS Lexie?!? And he is really catfishing you. As you.

    Oh no, I've gone cross-eyed.

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  74. This is INSANE! (and I'm kind of jealous - of fake-Lexie's fake life and of you for being cool enough to have a fake-Lexie in your real life.)
    You need to write Nev and Max ASAP! (if you havent already.)

    LittleBirdBlogs

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  75. This is insane!! I agree with LittleBird that you should get Catfish involved! This would be a great episode. Plus, it's so sad that ppl do this.

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  76. Yeah...need to know how this one pans out. How strange for someone to do that! Strange and creepy weird!

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  77. Tay! This is insane! I was just thinking about how easy it is for people to do this.

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  78. Someone else just posted about getting catfished today so it reminded me of this post. I had to come back and comment. What ever happened with this?!

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  79. OMG that is so crazy! I like your style though catfish the catfisher just pure awesome!

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  80. Did you ever tell fake-you that you are you catfishing you? haha

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