How I became America's most famous fake

  • Article by: DIANE O'MEARA
  • Updated: January 29, 2013 - 9:38 AM

Stolen online pictures of me hooked Manti Te'o. I won't let it happen again.

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luzhishenJan. 28, 13 7:04 PM

Did she actually write this? Sounds like a PR agent did.

erikj3Jan. 28, 13 7:51 PM

Facebook changes privacy settings so often that it's almost impossible to maintain full security of your account. They've even started asking for photo ID to unlock peoples' accounts. As such, I avoid FB as much as possible.

william16Jan. 28, 13 9:58 PM

This is false advertising. I believe America's most famous fake is Lance Armstrong.

fishstixJan. 28, 1310:30 PM

i'm sorry for being so shallow but in all honesty, if i thought i was having an on-line affair with diane i would have acted even stupider than manti did. i've acted pretty stupid for woman that weren't even close to being as good looking as she is.

steavis61067Jan. 28, 1311:00 PM

Sounds like she's the one true victim of this debacle.

haldavisJan. 28, 1311:43 PM

I don't think the problem is Facebook. The problem is her gullibility: ==the man now suspected of creating "Lennay Kekua" asked me repeatedly, to supply him with a photograph that wasn't on Facebook. In a series of increasingly frantic messages in December, he asked me to get in touch with him, saying, "It's an emergency" and assuring me "I'm not hitting on you." When I finally did make contact, he told me that he was trying to cheer up his cousin, who'd been nearly killed in a car accident and was awaiting surgery for head trauma. == How about asking some questions of this "guy with whom I had only a passing acquaintance, but who had gone to my high school." Like: Who's the cousin? What hospital is he in? Where was the accident? Instead; == although I resisted several times, this man's story about his cousin made me feel guilty for not sending an innocent photo to a person awaiting surgery. So, I sent a picture.== Con artists existed before Facebook. This just give them another tool.

skramsvJan. 29, 13 5:48 AM

I am glad to read this woman sees her roll in this scam, albeit unintended and unwilling. I am troubled that she still sees social media as a way to communicate and believes if she were only more careful 'next time' then she will be safe. There is nothing safe about social media.

barbjensJan. 29, 13 5:53 AM

Manti must have felt very insecure to fall for this. Anyone that attractive and falling for him should have been suspect. It went on too long, not even going to see her?????

Edsel3Jan. 29, 13 6:01 AM

"I use social media to connect with a network of friends and family, and with business associates. Social media make the world always accessible -- no matter where I am or what time of day or night, I can share my life with my friends and they can share theirs with me. This has allowed me to keep up with relationships made over a lifetime. Former school classmates, hometown acquaintances, college friends, colleagues and co-workers are just a keystroke away. Giving this up is unrealistic." What's unrealistic about not using social media? I am surviving just find without it, using just a "dumb" phone and antiquated email. My life seems quite full as it is.

comment229Jan. 29, 13 6:33 AM

"The problem is her gullibility:" Nope... the problem is America's gullibility as this story ranks right up there on the shallow scale with the Kardashians.


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