Is it fair to say that most people have fallen victim to being impersonated on Twitter?
Not really, but if you are a public figure, the chances of this happening to you are pretty great.
Twitter parody accounts are usually pretty funny and created to embarrass and humiliate its intended victim. I myself have not had had a Twitter parody account created against me, but others like U.S.Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) sure have.
This past weekend Rep. Ros-Lehtinen reached out to me. The member of Congress didn’t actually contact me, just her imposter. Notice below that this “fake” Twitter account leaves out “Ros” in the handle, but states that is “Ileana Ros-Lehtine.”
Ros-Lehtinen’s real account is @Roslehtinen.
Like most savvy individuals, sniffed out the phony account right off the bat. I decided to play with “Lily” a bit to see how far her imposter would go, even asking her to call me.
First of all, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen has my cell number, and if she need to contact me, she would have done what she had done before, contacted me via telephone, not Twitter messenger. Too funny.
I wasn’t sure if it is ‘illegal’ to impersonate Ros-Lehtinen, but I stated that it was anyways.
The “fake” Twitter account has since been taken down.