WARNING — Someone’s Trying to Impersonate Me on Medium

What to watch out for

Kristen Walters
3 min readMay 16

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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.

If a comment or profile looks suspicious, you can click on the three dots next to it and report it.

Screenshot from Medium.
Screenshot from Medium

And if you get any weird messages from “me,” feel free to drop me an email at kristenwaltersnb@gmail.com or report it to Medium and let them decide.

I’d appreciate it!

I usually try to review and respond to as many comments on my stories as I can each day, but going forward, I think I’m going to have to do a more thorough job.

I’ll keep an eye out for all of you as I read your stories each day too.

If you’ve experienced this before, do you have any other…

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Kristen Walters

Lawyer turned 100% self-employed creator. | Obsessed with how brains work. | Documenting the highs (and lows) of my personal journey. | A work in progress.