Yesterday, Dave (an awesome blog reader) emailed me to let me know that someone on Plentyoffish was using old photos of me as their profile pictures on the dating site.
Expecting the worst, I checked it out. Luckily it wasn't anyone using my pics to slander me or make me look bad, but still - trying to pass my photos off as your own? Creepy.
"She" (assuming the person is actually female), used these two pics of me:
... and also a photo of some random dog that, luckily, was not one of mine.
I contacted POF right away and asked them to take it down, and then some awesome friends stepped in and did the same. After awhile, the profile was taken down. Whether by POF or the person themselves, I do not know.
While it's easy for me to joke and say that this person is likely a 400 pound middle-aged man pretending to be a twenty-something chick, it's unlikely. The rest of the profile was normal - it said she was happy-go-lucky, 5 foot 4, a Customer Service rep, sick of bad dates, looking for love and from Winnipeg.
So if this "happy-go-lucky" chick is someone that reads my blog, I gotta know... why the hell would you use my pictures as your own? And what would happen if you actually landed a date?
Someone please explain the thought process to me, because I just don't get it. It's sad. And fairly disturbing.
But hey... if you really need to use my (very) old pictures, here's a special one just for you:
Good luck with the fake dating.
I hope you find someone who falls in love with you - I mean... me.