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Unknowing Woman Has Identity Stolen, Gets Caught Up In Catfishing Scam

A woman was walking down the street when a man began to chase her down. He acted like he knew her, but she had no idea who he was. He thought she was playing games. The two sorted it out and quickly discovered that someone was playing both of them.

The man told Chrissy Smith of Kansas City, Missouri that he thought she was the woman he'd been chatting up on a dating sight. She insisted she didn't know what he was talking about, but at first he didn't believe her.

"Are you going to play this game, seriously?" he asked Smith.

He pulled up the website and Smith was stunned to see someone had used her name and photos. They even photoshopped her face on a full-body nude.

Smith explained to the man that she didn't use dating websites, she never created the profile or wrote any of the messages. The two realized that the man was catfished, and Smith was the victim of identity theft.

The man met the person disguising herself (or himself) as Smith on the website Plenty of Fish. The person used Smith's Facebook profile picture. The man showed he had been having conversations with the con artist for a month and was even angry with Smith because they had set up a date and he got stood up. He was upset about that, which is why he tried to confront her on the street when he thought he recognized her.

Thankfully, once he realized what happened, the many was very understanding. "Thank God he was normal, and that he was not a crazy madman that could have done something to me."

Smith had to fax proof of identity to the company to get the profile taken down. She marvels that it's harder to get the profile taken down than it is to get it put up.

"I felt sorry for him because he said, you know, 'I thought that I might have found my soul mate,'" Smith said.

"We've seen this before," said Officer John Lacy with Overland Park police. "Put a picture of their dog, or better yet, put a picture of their favorite cartoon. A lot of police officers do that."

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