WARNING — Someone’s Trying to Impersonate Me on Medium

What to watch out for

Kristen Walters
3 min readMay 16, 2023
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Welp, it finally happened.

I have an impersonator.

You might, too, in all honesty.

I know I’m not the first person to highlight this issue on Medium, but I wanted to draw your attention to it, especially if you follow me.

Apparently, it’s becoming all too common for people (or bots) to create fake Medium profiles that impersonate a real writer’s name and photo.

These fake accounts spam the comments on the writer’s story and ask people to contact them via a “WhatsApp” number.

Who knows what happens from there?

Anyway, please know that I will NEVER ask you to contact me via a WhatsApp number.

I will NEVER ask you to send me money or any personal information.

Note that many of these fake accounts only have a handful of followers (if any), so that is usually a dead giveaway.

Unfortunately, I think the only thing we can do is report these fake accounts as we find them.