On Friday I heard about two impersonator accounts on Instagram, who sent direct messages to several followers of my own account, claiming to be stuck in Canada with declining credit cards. The follower let the impostor know that they actually knew me and then warned me via email. I reported the accounts and both of them were deleted for impersonation by Saturday morning. Since then another account surfaced, which I also reported.
I was curious and checked Twitter and also found an impersonator account that had the handle liebertottmar. It was Spanish only and they stopped tweeting in 2012. I reported them anyway.
Later I was sent screenshots of a conversation between Ottmar LIBERT (misspelled last name) and a fan, where the impersonator offered a meet and greet and suggested that the fan should write to his management at firstname.lastname@example.org… doubtlessly hoping to charge for the meet and greet in advance. Of course email@example.com is a fake account, too.
I do not search for impostors and file reports every day, so I will not know about most of the scams that are going on.
Here is what you need to know:
- Check the spelling… my name is Ottmar Liebert. Impostors will often misspell my name in order to obtain an account
- I do NOT have a Facebook account. None. I am guessing that there are several impostor accounts on FB.
- I have ONE Twitter account and the handle is @ottmarliebert
- I have ONE Instagram account and the handle is also @ottmarliebert
- I do NOT have a second “Private” Instagram account
- I have a Twitch account and there the handle is also @ottmarliebert
- If you have any doubt about the authenticity of an account, or suspect an impostor, please leave a comment on this blog or send me an email