Springfield ABC affiliate KSPR reports morning anchor Melody Pettit was the victim of identity theft–the second anchor to fall victim in the same newsroom.
“They were using the exact pictures I had on my professional profile page, which was concerning,” said Pettit. “Who’s stealing my pictures? I don’t like it.” Someone had lifted pictures from Pettit’s Facebook page and used them to establish a fake profile page with Pettit’s name.
“It’s just kind of confusing because I didn’t know what their end-game was,” Pettit said. “What were they doing with my pictures? Were they trying to get money from someone? Were they trying to steal my information? I think, just not knowing what they were trying to do, was more concerning than knowing.”
Pettit’s co-anchor, Justin Corr, was also the victim of identity theft on Facebook, with someone using his image to create a fake profile under a similar-sounding name to propose to women in India.