Montreal woman a victim of identity theft on Facebook

Michaela Di Cesare says Facebook initially told her an account in Czech Republic did nothing wrong in using her picture and first name.

A Facebook account in the Czech Republic used Michaela Di Cesare's picture and 1st name

Montreal playwright and actress Michaela Di Cesare found this fake Facebook profile online, that uses her photo and first name. (Facebook)

Montreal playwright and actress Michaela Di Cesare is used to being in the public eye, but she never thought she'd catch the eyes of someone on the other side of the ocean and become a victim of identity theft on social media.

"I clicked on the link and lo and behold, I saw this person whose profile picture was my face," Di Cesare told CBC Homerun's guest host Steve Rukavina.

​Homerun spoke with Montrealer Michaela Di Cesare. Her photo was used to create a fake Facebook profile in the Czech Republic. 7:10

She made the discovery after she had received a Facebook message from someone in the Czech Republic Sunday evening, alerting her that another account was using her identity.

The name on that Facebook account was Michaela Wolfova.

Di Cesare noticed that nearly all of Wolfova's Facebook friends were men. Many of them wrote messages complimenting Wolfova on her physical appearance and her lips.

"When there is another person who is essentially wearing your face and communicating with other people, that really disturbed me," Di Cesare said.

After she flagged the profile to the social media site, Di Cesare said Facebook told her Michaela Wolfova's account did not violate their community standards. 

"Facebook says Fake-Michaela is not in violation," she wrote on her Facebook status following the site's response. "Apparently, you can wear other people's faces and it doesn't violate 'Facebook Community Standards.'"

But by Monday afternoon, Facebook removed the fake account, saying Wolfova's account did in fact violate the site's community standards.

Di Cesare said she has since made her Facebook profile more private.

"I'm a little upset that I'm being distrustful, but I don't know what the right answer is," she said.


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