Online criminals lurking under adult website OnlyFans targeted Instagram photos of a teenage girl, taking them and used on a fake site under her name.
19-year-old Georgia McLeod from Newcastle, New South Wales, shared how these organized criminals took her provocative Instagram photos and how it affected her.
“I’m just thinking, you know, post a photo here, post a photo there. I never even thought about it,” she said in an interview.
“I don’t want them thinking, “Oh, OK. She’s an OnlyFans girl” like… It honestly made my stomach churn.”
Criminals did not only set up a fake Instagram account under her name, but they also led unsuspecting users to a link indicated in the bio to a Wix account under the guise of being OnlyFans.
“People would just look at that and be like, “okay, there’s nudes of Georgia”. There’s not, but that would be your first thought,” McLeod said.
“I have a family and I don’t want them thinking that. I’ve lost all power.”
Instagram eventually took down the fake account after McLeod filed a complaint, but more than 10 fake pages using McLeod kept cropping up.
Professor David Lacey, a cybersecurity expert who monitors the dark web consistently, discovered an online marketplace that sells fake OnlyFans account.
“These are creator accounts that can be used to e-whore cash out which effectively means that account gives you as a criminal a license to push content such as Georgia’s photos in a way that’s going to entice others to buy your product when it doesn’t even exist,” he shared.
Lacey added that dozens of people who were victimized in a similar way contact him every day.
“I think any organization – OnlyFans or other online platforms or services – that is witnessing organized crime exploit it has a responsibility to take action,” he said.
“It’s a problem that we’re going to see persist.”