Michigan State Police Warn of Social Media Identity Theft

In relation to the fake Hunter Kelly Twitter account, to avoid falling victim to social media identity theft, Michigan State Police have some tips to keep in mind.

They say it’s important for social media users to change their passwords often, usually every 30 to 60 days. And that they are strong passwords so it’s hard for someone to guess it.

Lieutenant House also warns that there’s no such thing as Facebook police or Twitter police to ensure the identities used to create accounts are accurate.

“If an account is opened that you believe is being used to portray a message using your identity, the first step should be to contact the provider, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatever the platform is for that account and they generally can handle that situation immediately,” says Spl/Lt. Travis House, public information officer for MSP 7th District.

State Police say if a fake account is used to commit a crime or to defame or defraud you, that’s a red flag and you should contact police.