CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WCNC) - A Charlotte man is making headlines across the world. Some say he's the most obnoxious man of all time after a conversation of him body shaming a woman went viral. Except, he says the person writing those messages wasn't him.
“For most people who know who I am, they know I would never do anything like that,” Connor Jackson said.
You might recognize his photo - Connor, 22-years-old, living in Charlotte, and working in the roofing industry.
Those parts are all true.
But Connor Jackson said someone created a fake tinder account using his identity.
“March 24th, I believe, was the exact day. A friend from home, she sent me a screen shot of the article she saw it on first,” he explained.
The article called out the bully who messaged a woman on the popular dating app, only to call her fat, in a cruel and vulgar exchange.
At one point this person demanded she, “stay in her league.”
“Somebody used my picture and my name to go out and create another Tinder account. My picture was depicted as this character who did all the body shaming even though it was not me,” he explained.
The story of the body shaming bully blew up and so did Connor’s cell phone.
“50-60 people from my hometown had contacted me about it.”
He decided to act, worried it could damage his reputation and impact his career.
Connor reached out to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department’s Cyber-Crimes Unit and hired defense attorney Mark Simmons.
“We all know once something is out in the universe of social media, it’s hard to get rid of completely,” Simmons said.
At last count the story had been reported by 26 media outlets from as far away as England.
To people who don’t believe Connor’s story, he had this to say:
“Mainly I just want to make it aware that this type of situation happens on a daily basis to plenty of people. You agree to terms and conditions where your pictures are able to be used publicly. It just so happens that in my situation this became viral.”
With any social media you run the risk of your photo and personal information being stolen.
Experts’ advice increasing privacy settings and acting quickly if someone does steal your information.