It’s been a mere 24 hours since I first published my blog post addressing my situation regarding my cyber identity being hijacked by an unknown person. I would like to begin this post by thanking my friends, friends of friends and others who are curious of finding answers behind this account.
It’s hard to believe how popular this story has become. With over 21,000 views (as of 4:30pm today) on my original blog post, coverage from local news organizations, like a story by Fox8 and an interview with the Daily Tar Heel, I can honestly say I’m astounded by the support and curiosity of people across the nation regarding my Tinder identity hijacker.
I was fortunate enough to receive an email this morning from a fellow college student within the 80-mile radius of Athens where the “Kim” account was first located. The first email read, “Hey, I saw your post on Facebook. I go to ______ and not only did I match up with the fake kim on tinder, I actually had a pretty long convo with her. Hit me up if you want the details.” Of course, I did. He said in a later email that he saw my blog on his Facebook timeline that was shared by one of his friends, including my email address.
I asked for screenshots of the conversation that the man had with “Kim” on the Tinder app, and he sent me a multitude of them. For his privacy, he asked for his name, year and school to be hidden, because we are talking about a dating app. Below are a few of the worthwhile screenshots I received from him. Again, this conversation is between “Kim” and the man that interacted with her. Enjoy.
The conversation may seem out of order, but it’s due to the fact that the man who sent it to me did not include all of the conversation (because, first and foremost, this is a dating app) and some of the conversation was irrelevant to include.
Again, I have no affiliation of the person behind this account and seek to find the answer regarding who is behind the screen. It is not only extremely creepy, but also dangerous to know that someone is posing as another for a multitude of reasons. This quest began as a “what if we can find the person behind the account” conversation with my professor, John Robinson, during our JOMC240 class at UNC that he teaches. Our final project is approaching and I needed a topic, I asked him if I could do something regarding the recent news that my identity had been taken by a “Kim” around the Athens area when friends from school were visiting. I begin the search with a blog post.
The search now needs to move to the Birmingham area. With all the publicity this story has received, the account very well may have gone rogue on its own out of fear of being found. But, the search can continue regardless. Please pass this story along to family and friends in the Birmingham area. This could end up being an incredible story about the power and connectivity of social media.