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Pooler man's online identity stolen, used in scam

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POOLER, GA (WTOC) -

A Pooler man said a hacker stole his social media photos to open fake accounts.

Now a woman is out of $500 and the victim whose identity was stolen is having to explain.

It's an online identity theft called catfishing that is becoming more common.

Lorenzo McDonald said someone stole various photos off his social media accounts and was using them to meet people online.

McDonald said he was first notified about the fake accounts by a friend who spotted his photos on blackpeoplemeet.com. McDonald contacted the site, and they pulled the profile down.

Several weeks later, he was contacted by his former broker, Fred Williams Home Sales, that they were contacted by a woman who claims he scammed her out of $500 by faking to be a single parent in need.

McDonald was shocked to hear the news.

"Because the person was actually scammed out of money," said McDonald. "I want this known. I want people aware. I am aware things like this can happen through social media. When it happens to you, it shakes up your world a little bit."

McDonald filed a police report and contacted blackpeoplemeet.com. The site agreed to pull the profile yet again, but could not provide information as to who provided it.

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