This type of image theft has been going on for a while online, but with the popularity of social media it has escalated.
No one knows how many online photos are stolen, but there are probably millions stolen every year.
— A La Crosse man has been accused of stalking and threatening his ex-girlfriend as well as posting nude photos with her phone number and personal information to an online dating site.
Mr Hussey talked of his bedroom fantasies online before showing up at the hotel last week for what he thought was a sex session with the reporter, who he had never met before and whose name he did not know.
For all he knew he could have been meeting a terrorist or a criminal blackmailer.
If you do find out that an image of you, or a family member has been stolen, it is incredibly lucky that you have discovered it, due to the amount of images that exist on the internet, it really would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
If you do find out that a photo that belongs to you, or is of a member of your family, is being used by someone else, getting the photo taken down from the various places it has been posted online, might be impossible, depending on how much it has been shared or used.
The most common use is that the image “thief” wants to use a believable or attractive photo to give credence to a profile to scam other users in some way.
Twitter had a huge problem with this in the early days, (they are getting better at deleting them but there are still millions of fake Twitter accounts) with scammers creating hundreds of fake accounts to “follow” and popularise accounts.
And in May, Adult Friend Finder.com, an online dating site for adults seeking sexual trysts, said hackers compromised the personal information of some of its 64 million members.
Online dating sites are apparently becoming hacker gold.
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