On Facebook, Chien San Andres’s life looks pretty sweet. The timeline of her profile, which says it’s “Her new account”, and that “her original Facebook page with 45,000 followers has been disabled”, shows her posing for photos and, taking pictures at social gatherings with friends.
There’s just one problem: Chien Wei Hah, the actual person in the photos, doesn’t have anything to do with the account.
“I believe that the impersonator is trying to delude people by using my name and reputation so that people will buy his products or give him money or something.” Chen said of the malicious fake profile in a Facebook posting she made earlier today to clarify the entire situation.
The imposter behind the fake profile had gone beyond typical “creep antics”, using the fake account to market an Instagram shop by the name of Sneakersoul_PH that sells cheap knockoff versions of popular shoes like YEEZYs and NMDs.
After nearly two months of posting photos of Chien without her permission, the fake account amassed quite a merry band of followers, many of whom don’t appear to realise that the popular socialite and blogger, Chien, didn’t endorse the photos.
According to Chien’s posting, the imposter even somehow got into a ‘relationship’ with another person via Facebook.
Chien first found out about the entire plight when a few Filipino users messaged her on Instagram, telling her that one of their friends has unknowingly gotten into a ‘relationship’ with a fake account that was impersonating her.
They pleaded to her to help them make it clear to their ‘love drunk’ friend that he was being played by a an impersonator, who they feared would con their friend of his money. They requested that she recorded a video of herself stating that Ronald (the victim), was not her boyfriend, and that she was from Malaysia and not from the Philippines, and that she was being impersonated by someone else.
Initially, Chien, who didn’t want things to escalate, chose to not record the video, hoping that the ‘victim’ in question would eventually find out that the person he was in a ‘relationship’ with was merely impersonating her.
However, after much pestering from the ‘victim’s’ concerned friends who even tried showing Chien’s real profile to the ‘victim’ but failed to break the ‘spell’, Chien eventually gave in and recorded the video and sent it to the victim’s friend, who showed it to him. The concerned friend who showed him the video even told her that he’s somewhat come to realise the truth that he was being played.
Chien thought the matter was finally resolved- or so she thought.
Later that evening, the ‘victim’ tagged the fake account in a post on Facebook, and has even changed the fake profile’s name from “Chien San Andres”, to “Chienwei Hah”(Chien’s actual handle). Now keep in mind that the video of Chien’s clarification that her name is Chien Wei Hah and not Chien San Andres was sent to only the friend of the ‘victim’, meaning that there was no way the imposter would’ve gotten the video- unless, the imposter was Ronald himself.
Enraged by the bizarre revelation, Chien, left an angry comment on the post by the victim tagging the imposter (now revealed to be Ronald/the victim himself), which was promptly deleted afterwards.
Later, Chien noticed the fake account being tagged by other people ‘thanking her for shoes’.
After some digging, she found out that Ronald was the owner of Sneakersoul_PH, the Instagram shop that was selling knockoff NMDs and YEEZYs.
Turns out, the victim- Ronald, had conjured up the fake profile of Chien to market his Instagram shop and boost his social image among his friends that he had a girlfriend.
Chien goes on in her post, adding that she suspected that the victim- Ronald, had been trying to get access into her real Facebook account, citing that she had been receiving password recovery requests in her e-mail despite never having requested any.
Chien ends her Facebook post by pleading to her friends and Filipino followers to be wary of messages or pictures that aren’t from her real profile.
Creeps and conmen are increasingly common on social media these days- so much in fact, that women who have a considerably sizeable fan base on social media unfortunately find themselves accustomed to finding fake profiles of themselves on social media.
However, in Chien’s case, this was more of a con scheme that involved the use of another person’s reputation.
Often, conmen with contemptible agendas conjure up fake social media profiles using photos of other women to ‘woo’ and con any men who may be attracted to the fake profiles and personally message them, in hopes of conning them- so be careful the next time someone who looks too attractive adds you online.
We now live in a world being torn apart by feuding families, warring nations, religious militants, natural calamities, and the painful realisation that a ‘friend request’ from someone who looks ridiculously attractive, may just very well be a con-attempt.
Chien’s original Instagram profile: @chienweihah
Chien’s original Facebook page: Chienwei Hah
Chien’s original Instagram shop: @chikibunnie