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Professional Model Becomes Victim of ID Theft

You've heard of identity thieves taking people's credit card numbers.

But imagine losing your very "image."

For Wendy Jo modeling shoots are helped along by her website.

It is a high-gloss, professional web page, complete with dozens of photos.

But recently, things stopped clicking when Wendy's identity was stolen.

Someone took Wendy's image, and put it on the web with a different name targeting men and their wallets.

"She or he was pretending to be a single girl on match.com and he wrote to her and said she had a real sick daughter who was in the hospital, and she needed some money and he sent her money," said Wendy Jo.

As much as 15 hundred dollars came from one man before he found out he had been taken for a ride.

"People generally believe they know people on the internet while you're chatting with them, you feel like you know them but the reality is, you don't, you don't know if they're the right age, gender, you really don't," said McAFEE‘s Brent Remai.

Then, to add insult to identity theft, the same person who stole her photographs blackmailed Wendy.

"They said for 1500 dollars, I'll stop using your photos, otherwise I'll give 'em to ten more people to use," said Wendy Jo.

That's when Wendy turned to companies like Google, which runs the Blogger website used by the imposter to solicit money.

Google was able to close down the fake web pages, and in the process, give Wendy her identity, and livelihood, back."

Hers is a cautionary tale.

"Be careful what you put out there, because everyone's looking.  That's all I can say," urged Wendy Jo.

In addition to Google's action on the fake blog, match.com also took down the fake profile where the imposter was also using Wendy Jo's pictures.

One way to protect your image on the Internet is to use a watermark.

Photographers often do this for pictures to prove that a particular image is being shown on a webpage not authorized by the photographer.

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