Feb. 16th, 2017

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This evening, I had an interesting pair of phone calls.

The first one was a man who immediately asked if I was Brian, then launched into a question asking about a network issue he was having. I was a bit flummoxed as I had no idea who he was, but attempted to answer the question (I theorized it was port blocking by the firewall). He asked me to confirm I worked for Deem; I then ask him his name and it was one I didn't recognize. But OK, no harm done, and we said goodbye.

A few minutes later, a woman called for me. She explained that the prior caller was her son, calling to see if I actually exist.

Yeah, that raised my eyebrows too.

Apparently, someone used my name, photos & bio to create a fake account on "Plenty of Fish," some sort of dating website, and she had been exchanging messages & txt messages with him. The fake Brian had been evasive on some question so she was a bit suspicious and started doing some checking with her son's assistance. They found my Instagram profile, which lead them to the red flag: Fake Brian mentioned he was in Belgium on business but my Instagram showed I was in Florida. She then called the hotel where he was staying and learned that they had never heard of him, and the room number he has sent her was invalid.

After she confronted him with this information, he vanished and the profile was deleted from the website. She then called me to warn me there was a copy of me floating around. And we actually had a pleasant conversation, and her son said he thought my resume was very impressive. Nice.

Anyway, I'm now googling my name to see what else pops up. So far, I've only found a fake profile in FaceBook (now reported & closed). My pic has been used in a couple of places as clickbait, one for a learn-anything-about-anyone site with dozens of different people named Brian Jarvis, and another which uses my image from Twitter to lure me into a pr0n website.

I have checked my credit reports and those came up clean. The information which I've found laying about has all come from public spaces: FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, or generally visible public gov't documents. None of it has been especially personal.

I'm still a bit baffled that someone would have the need to create a fake profile, as well as a little flattered they decided I was a worthy person to imitate. I would like to ask the Fake Brian from Plenty of Fish why he felt the need, and what he thought he would accomplish.

If you know of any other means I should take to seek out more fakes of me, let me know. There are many valid Brian Jarvises out there than I had suspected, but I would like to track down anyone else using images of me or other such details.

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