Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Catfishing Situation

I don't know if any of you are interested in the show "Catfish" on MTV as much as me, but I find it extremely amusing. I originally watched the movie and then got hooked on the show. "Catfishing" meaning someone who pretends to be someone else online. Someone who makes up a life or uses someone's photographs and forms relationships with others under an assumed identity.

It is really amusing. I thought so at least.

That was until I was made aware that someone was doing just such a thing with my photographs.

Photographs of my most prized possessions...one of my children and my husband.


I have been pretty disturbed for the past two days, knowing that a woman on Facebook who goes by the name of "Chelsey Rhea-Marie Weaver" is pretending that pictures of my daughter Hazel, in the NICU, are of her daughter, "Savannah." She has a story about her being in the NICU and needing "surgery." Now, I don't know if any of that is true. But what I do know is that the photo she shared of her supposed baby, is my daughter Hazel...she had this up as her cover photo for awhile (I have obviously watermarked this one now):
What got even more strange, was when I found this photograph of my husband Josh with Hazel...and this woman taking credit as them being her husband and daughter. Odd, right?

I was made aware of this from some kind women who follow my Facebook page Alice W. They let me know what was going on. Otherwise, I never would have known. This woman's page keeps going down and then popping up again. I don't know what her plan is. I don't know why she is doing this. But it is eye opening and alarming to say the least. What does this mean for sharing photos on blogs and facebook? I don't feel safe now. Or at the very least, I feel I need to watermark across my kids faces! I have tried reporting the woman to Facebook, but I am not sure what will come of that if anything.

How can we protect ourselves and our families in this internet generation? I really don't know the answer...

Till next time...I will be praying and trusting God to do the protecting for me.
~Alice W.

Update 1/25: Some people have written saying they are praying for my daughter...guess I forgot to mention in this post, that she is now 2 1/2 and doing amazing :) These photos were taken in 2011.

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  1. She was one of my friends on facebook...I fell for the story, No idea what her motives were but she needs serious help..

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  2. this is just so creepy
    and disturbing

    why must people like this
    be out there?

    Alison

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  3. I hope this last time puts an end to her doing this, I worry that she is trying to build up a story so she can fleece people out of money to "help her" out. If it continues, though I think I'd start looking into checking with authorities on what to do, this in my opinion is a form of cyberstalking and identity theft. So sorry you are going through this, honey and it saddens me because I love to see pics of my grandkids on your blog & FB, but it's safer not to I suppose. You just don't know people's intentions, the internet is an unsafe world.

    Keep me posted, Love you,
    Mom

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  4. Oh Alice honey, I am so very sorry... it is getting scarier and scarier to post things nowadays... I never have and never will do facebook or twitter, I do think they are a bit riskier even than blogging... and to use photos of your husband and children claiming them as her own is horrible... I have almost quit blogging due to the number of my photos being taken, especially when one woman took all of mine of my rescued dog Tessy and claimed they were hers... I honestly do not know what the answer is... myself and several of my blogging friends have also been "stalked" literally by a blogger with vicious comments and threats... now I too put my blog name across everything... wish I could help you somehow... I know how very precious your family is to you... xoxo Julie Marie

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  5. PS I just read your mama's comment too Alice... and I do know from working my entire career at SLCPD and Jack being a police officer his whole career, there is an Internet Task Force, but then again, getting them to do something is another story... I will still contact your local police and get a report on file in case this escalates... then you will have it documented officially... xoxo...

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  6. Sorry, I didn't mean "I" will contact your local PD, I meant to say "I would" meaning you contact them... xoxo...

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  7. You should somehow get a picture of the FB page for proof even take it with your cell phone and send it in to the newspaper let the media spread it. Send it to more than one. Good luck with this

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  8. Still upset and still praying for you and your family!! Hugs~

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  9. There are some very troubled people out there and the Internet is unfortunately the perfect place for them to pull something like this. I keep checking to see if her page has popped back up. I'm ready to take a screenshot and report her to Facebook. It's appalling and frightening and you shouldn't have to be going through this. Sending you love and support.

    xo
    Claudia

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  10. Alice, we all know that there are strange people out there, this lady really needed attention and was hoping to have some big generous person come along and donate to the some bucks.
    Really! Concerning when someone can snag that much of another person life so easily these days, and in a wink destroy everything good in minutes.

    Praying that this person gets caught up in another scam of sorts that keeps her hands tied from any more damage.

    We here { my daughter and I } love that show CatFish, amazed that people assum that the innocent party is going to fall in love with their fantasy life.

    Better days ahead of you,
    Blessed you are with your beautiful family.

    Xx
    Doré

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  11. CREEPY !! I have watched every episode of Catfish and the movie also. I have to say I don't have a blog, FB, Twitter, Instagram or anything else. I seldom comment even, but that's YOUR child and YOUR husband. She'll come up with another name and is or will continue to scam people out of money. She's toying with people's emotion's at your expense. I believe what goe's around , come's around. God's alway's watching, but I guess people without a conscience do not care. Be safe. I pinned your Valentine banner, loved it !!

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  12. This is just scary Alice! I'm so sorry you have to deal with this.My guess is she may have some kind of mental illness and craves the attention of others. I will be praying for you dear Alice.
    sending hugs...

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  13. Okay, that's creepy! She obviously has some serious issues...Thank God we can watermark our photos.
    Be Blessed,
    Pamela

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  14. How horrible for you and your family. A friend of hers on Facebook stole images of a woman who died tragically young. She lifted them from a Funeral home website and then pretended to be her. The depths that people are willing to go is beyond belief. They are truly sick. I hope you keep this troll out of your life. I know she goes by another name on Facebook. She is being watched CLOSELY, I assure you.

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  15. Yes, she is being watched. She is sick and this needs to get out so others are made aware. I do pray for your little girl and hope she recovers. God bless.

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  16. Your daughter, btw.. is an absolute doll. I nearly cried seeing the pic of your husband holding her - so tender and gently. NO ONE should be allowed to ruin that in any way for you. Please don't let them.

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  17. Many of us have seen all the pics and followed the story believing her having no idea they were yours until last week. I was really into her story since I had a 1 lb 3 oz preemie. If I was you I would go to the police. She was still writing about your child yesterday and used your Husbands pics as her Husband and the one of you holding Mabel she said was her Sister. Please be careful and notify police. I have no idea what she is planning next .She is Insane and shut her page down again this afternoon. Heard she changed her name today to Chelsea Marie Johnson and also goes by the name Chelsey Lister. God Bless You and I am so happy you were notified by someone. This is SICK

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    1. Thanks for letting me know about the other names!

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  18. Idk where she came from, but she was on my friend list. She had us praying like crazy for your baby, who she said her name was Savannah Joy. God must have stopped her. Please report her. She is a sick-o!!

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    1. Btw, she claimed your baby as her own and had pictures of the baby and your husband. She blocked me, but she is still lying as of yesterday, saying the baby is recovering and may come home next week!! =/

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  19. I am the same person who just wrote to you. My name is Monique and I had her on my wall with the pics for all my friends to know that she is a FRAUD. I also copied the pics to show everyone. I will look to see if I have any of her comments she wrote and send them to you here. I am furious she did this to you. I even sent her pics of my preemie and sure hope she does not use them now. She needs to be locked up because she is creating FRAUD!!! I believe that she was eventually leading up to scam people for money for medical bills. It was only a matter of time, or she loss a baby and was reliving through your Daughter. I wonder out of the billions of pics on fb that she picked you?

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  20. https://www.facebook.com/chelsey.lister.1?fref=ts THIS IS HER BUT NOT THE ACCOUNT SHE USED OF YOUR DAUGHTERS PICTURE. THAT ACCOUNT IS CLOSED AGAIN. BUT SHE HAS A HABIT OF CLOSING AND OPENING IT. BUT HER PROFILE PICTURE AND OTHERS IS WHAT WERE ON HER OTHER CHELSEY RHEA MARIE WEAVER ACCOUNT. ON THE WEAVER ACCOUNT SHE HAD OVER 3500 FRIENDS. THIS IS AN OLD ACCOUNT.

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  21. HERE PAGE IS OPEN AGAIN UNDER CHELSEY RHEA MARIE WEAVER AND HERE IS ONE OF HER POST.......

    Chelsey Marie Johnson

    10 January
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    Home from the hospital, I spent a few hours in the NICU with my sweet little angel Savannah, she is still stable and continues to grow everyday, shes a little fighter, thank the Lord!!! Our precious tiny blessing is a week old it was about this time last Friday that I went into early labor and the doctors could not stop my contractions! I put a cute little hat on her tonight that my mom bought for her, so adorable, because she has been doing so good and is stable they let me hold her, I cherish every second !

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  22. https://www.facebook.com/chelseyml?fref=ts SHE IS USING THE NAME CHELSEY MARIE JOHNSON NOW.

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  23. I was not creating a fraud so that people would pay for my medical bills. There was a personal tradgedy that happened in my life and I have not been the same since. I am not some big scammer. I did have a baby named Savannah and she was born prematurely. She died in my arms in the NICU. I have been in serious denial not wanting to face that I lost my baby girl, I went off the deep end. Until last night when it all hit me and I was shaking, crying and throwing up. My husband had to bring me to the hospital where I explained everything. I am now receiving the help that I desperately need. I know I am mentally not ok. I would like to apologize to you Alice and your family for any pain and stress I caused you. I also want to say sorry to my facebook friends. I don't expect you to forgive me but I wanted to apologize and let you know how terrible I feel about this, I am so, so sorry.

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  24. She didn't have a husband previously.

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  25. Then why did you steal all of Alice's childrens pictures Chelsey? You had 100's of people praying for you and scamming all of us and using her Husband as yours. Why use her Husband as yours and let all of us for weeks write to you and pray for you. Who can believe anything now that comes out of your mouth. Especially us who really had preemies and suffered for months with our babies in the hospital. I knew weeks ago your story did not add up. No baby in the country born at 25 weeks at 1 lb 8 ozs could gain so much weight and be breathing on it's own and taking a bottle all in 2 weeks time. IMPOSSIBLE and weight over 3 lbs in 2 weeks. But I sat back to see where you were going with this BS until you were busted. Now most of fb people who cared about you knows the FRAUD you perpetrated. You really need to get on your hands and knees and beg for forgiveness. You are sick!!!

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  26. This is really sad and sickening. Unfortunately, we have one of those in the diabetic community, too. A lady posed as a mom of a child with type 1 diabetes, and that child supposedly died. It was all a farce and eventually her blog was taken down, but that same girl did it more than once. So disturbing...Sorry to hear this happened to you.

    On a happier note, your home is amazing!

    Elise

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  27. As Alice's mom and just as fiercely protective of her, Josh and my granchildren as she is, I just want to say thank you to all of you who are keeping an eye out for her and notifying us and keeping us posted of and updates to this situation. Please keep us informed of anything new you discover for our documentation.

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  28. This is that Chelsey's person latest comment. Chelsey Rhea-Marie Johnson

    The pain of losing a baby is horrible, she passed away in my arms...I am heart broken........... I cant stop crying, I wonder if I ever will! All of the lost hopes and dreams......I did not want to face it, I am recieving help to accept it, I know I will never get over it.

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    1. I hope she removed my pictures and told every one that wasn't her baby in the pictures!

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  29. She did not and still has your baby on her wall and your Husband in her pics. She took the baby off her top timeline pic and replaced it with a cat but they are still on her wall and in her albums and NO, she told no one that she lied and stole your pictures. The only reason she wrote here is because of the thought of the police getting involved. She will just open up another account, under another name and use the pictures again. She is a LIAR and does not feel sorry, only sorry she was caught. Gutter Garbage is all I can think of her. People lose babies everyday and DO NOT do these kinds of things unless you are up to no good and a scammer.

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  30. The account with her using the Johnson name is gone again (closed) I have her as a friend here on facebook. I guess only thing we had in common was our political views is all. So sorry Alice, what happened to you. Some kind person messaged me and told me the story. I was shocked.

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  31. If that was even True...Her/ Him/ It 's political views???? Because the whole page is a phony.

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  32. She is at it again. I've been notifying all her friends again.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know. What name is she going by?

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  33. Chelsey Rhea-Marie Johnson

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  34. https://www.facebook.com/#!/chelseyml/about

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  35. https://www.facebook.com/#!/chelsey.lister.1?fref=ts

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  36. she is at it again, now she has posted that she is with child.

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  37. She is supposedly 18weeks pregnant with a boy... after "having" a baby mid December now. Her math is as bad as her lies.

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Thank you for your comments! I love to hear from you! Due to an increase in spam comments, I have had to enable word verification. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes. ~Alice W.