Over the last couple of days it's been brought to my attention that I have been the subject of identity theft, or as the National Fraud & Intelligence bureau put it 'Identity Fraud'. I really hope the person who did it is reading this, and know that they've been rattled.
Here's what happened.
A contact lens brand (which shall remain nameless) contacted me on Twitter and private messaged me on Facebook to chase up my contact lens review - it had been 3+ months since the products were sent, and still no review. I replied saying they had the wrong person, since I don't wear contact lenses, and that I'd never heard from them (no emails etc).
After a bit of discussion, we realised we'd both been scammed. They had been contacted by someone who had duplicated my email address, just swapping over 2 of the letters, and signing it off as me, and stating this blog, asking for contact lenses to review.
Once they had been delivered, the fake Georgina Kent went quiet on them, and has remained quiet since. Of course, once I realised they were using my name & my blog to get 'free stuff' under the guise of reviewing it, I called the police. As it's not technically a crime, they passed me on to Action Fraud which sit under the police and are part of the National fraud & intelligence bureau. They were great, they took down all the details, including her address in California and mobile phone number (I have a copy of all emails between her and the contact lens brand) and uploaded it to the fraud database.
So hopefully, if anyone else reports her, it'll join up with my case and be flagged up - silly though, getting her address flagged up on the fraud database, I wonder if that'll effect the ability to get credit and things like that?
If you are a brand who has been through this with the fake Georgina Kent, please please get in contact with me - my correct and true email address is email@example.com - as noted on the disclaimer page of my blog. Also, please make sure that you aren't sending samples to America - I did previously have my bio stating that it was a 'Cardiff based' beauty blog, it's now been updated to say UK - just to be clear.
I just hope they haven't defrauded anyone else using my name and my blog - each instance will be reported to both the police, and Action Fraud.