Someone Is Using Your Profile Picture, Bio, and Content On Social Media. What Can You Do About It?

Earlier today a good friend, Professor Niklas Myhr aka “The Social Media Professor” of Chapman University, reached out to me about his social media profile picture, bio, and content, being used to impersonate him. He was looking for thoughts, ideas and legal solutions to help fix the problem (because this is a problem we all face, Professor Myhr gave me permission to use his name in this post).

I don’t think Professor Myhr (follow him on Twitter) is very happy about his identity being used by someone else. I say this with confidence because I know exactly how he feels. Over the years, my profile picture and bio have also been used by scammers to misrepresent who they are. Because this is a problem that seems to be getting worse, I’m sharing a few legal tips you can use if this happens to you.

Before I go forward, please understand that while I am a really good (and very humble) California lawyer, I’m not your lawyer. No legal advice is being given in this post. What I am trying to do is share concepts, approaches, and resources you can use to protect yourself.

General

Social media profile theft (SMPT) comes in all shapes and sizes. For purposes of this post, I will be referring to two types of SMPT which include:

(1) recreational SMPT and

(2) criminal SMPT.

Recreational SMPT usually involves people who are bored and seeking attention. Some are nasty individuals using online anonymity to disrupt other people’s lives. They show up, set up their SMPT and see what happens.

Criminal SMPT uses the same approaches to defraud and commit crimes. They are trying to scam money from unsuspecting victims or establish relationships using false facts and fraud.

Regardless of the motives of criminal SMPT, the perpetrators are cruel, hateful and usually exhibit an intent to destroying reputations, businesses and promote a criminal enterprise.

Both kinds of SMPT can be slowed down and often completely stopped using these approaches and techniques.

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What’s Your ‘Why’ on Social Media?

Towards the end of 2017 I shared this little rant with my LegalMinds Mastermind. Today, I’m sharing it with you.

I believe there’s a right and wrong way to build your social media brand and business. This is especially true if you’re a professional.

With this in mind, this video shares one of the most important messages I’ve posted in years. I hope my short rant will help you find success in 2018!

If you’re interested, here’s a bit more about my LegalMinds Mastermind

I created my cutting-edge mastermind community for professionals. It’s a global community that revolves around giving and helping others. At the same time, it’s designed to show members how to embrace and tap into the power of social media to expand their brand and top-of-mind awareness from local to global.

Depending on the membership plan you select, members get:

  • Private Consulting
  • Private 24/7 membership website
  • Exclusive email updates and content on practice development and entrepreneural digital tips, approaches and news
  • Weekly Live Video Conference (group) for all members with Q&A (recorded for 24/7 viewing)
  • Private 24/7 Facebook Group updates, resources, and networking
  • Immediate access to all content
  • Immediate membership in a trusted global community
  • Legal and business networking
  • Ongoing accountability and much more!

    If you’d like to learn more about my LegalMinds Mastermind, click here.

 

Podcast Interview: How I Use Social Media

If you want to know exactly how and why I use social media, this is the podcast interview to listen to. Friends and fellow attorneys, Jim Hacking and Tyson Mutrux got me to open up and share exactly what I do (well done guys!).

Listen and learn all the details behind why I embraced the Internet and social media in the early years and, how I’m using the platforms today. When it comes to sharing how professionals and other business owners can use social and digital, this is one of my favorite podcasts interviews of all time.

I truly believe that if you take action (yes, you have to execute to get results) and duplicate what I share in this interview, you’ll be well ahead of 99% of your competition! (click to listen)