The number of people who had their identities stolen in 2021 is up 70% from 2020 according to the Charlotte Better Business Bureau, which can equate to billions of dollars being lost beyond the aggravation associated with it.

Catfishing, which is a form of identity theft, can cause people to spend months trying to right the wrong done to them.

A Charlotte business owner found out from someone on the other side of the world that her identity was apparently being used to scam people out of money.

The fake Facebook page used the name “Evelyn Garcia,” complete with photos with lengthy captions, and looked legit.

The problem was the photo of “Evelyn Garcia” was actually of Nesha Pai, an author who lives in Charlotte.

“People were stealing pictures off my Instagram, which is public and created a Facebook account with my pictures, and they’ve been doing this for a year,” Pai shared.

READ MORE: https://www.wcnc.com/article/money/consumer/facebook-instagram-meta-identity-theft-victims/275-8e082260-ecbc-4337-9010-bc4e2fc4eb54

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