FINALLY, after THREE months of *slog.* Three months of stress. A moment where I thought I was gonna give up…and then a fire in my soul that refused to let a con artist, a criminal and basic idiot called Dee Edmonds win.
FINALLY after all that, I won my verified Twitter account back, after he had PR’ed me under false pretences, stolen my account from me (I woke up one morning and he had changed my email address and password, so I no longer had access to my account. Then used my account, whilst impersonating me to DM hundreds of other people, some who wanted to start out in the business, others were verified accounts. He pretended to be me. Everyone thought it was me, because the account was very active and well, you see a ‘blue tick’ and an @chrissiewunna and you would assume that it really was me right..and not some strange man, pretending to me, after hacking and stealing my account.
He then tried to make them sign up to a fake agency (made it look as though I was recommending and referring him) and took a bunch of money from people, ripped them off and used my account and used my name to do it.
He had made people so angry at me that they were threatening to stab me… They didn’t know it wasn’t actually me… People were threatening the lives of my children & I. He put us all in danger.
He thought he was gonna win because he thought i’d given up. It affected my brand, my reputation, my business, my personal life and family….I wasn’t giving up at all. I’m not that person. I wanted to make him think that he was winning, because he wasn’t smart enough to refrain from tripping up.
(The entire time Wazza, who runs this site and I were trying to go higher and higher up the Twitter ranks to make sure it got sorted appropriately…not because it’s just ‘naughty’…IT’S ILLEGAL.)
It wasn’t easy because I kept getting an automated response, so no one was really looking at my problem and sorting it out. I mean, they must obviously get a lot of this. What made it worse was that DEE, had a copy of my ID, that he apparently needed to send someone at Insta. (He then went on to form a fake Insta profile of me, asking people to pay him money to apparently watch me do a nude webcam. I don’t know how he was gonna do that? I would never do a webcam. But my followers screenshot all his messages & sent them to me, whilst asking if it was real. Even they noticed it felt odd. Dee would spent his time trying to hit on me via WhatsApp any time I was in London. I thankfully ignored him. Can you imagine what he could have done to me!?!)
Insta shut him down, as soon as I reported him. They were having none of it.
Twitter…because the account was verified and he had standard ID…didn’t.
So basically for three months he could use my Twitter account, with my ID and scam people. I had to THEN prove that I was the real ME. ‘Chrissie Wunna.’ Twitter didn’t believe me at first. The account was already verified and he had ID.
We sat. We thought. I announced that I didn’t care. I didn’t need a Twitter. 😉 He thought he was plain sailing then. He even tried to contact Twitter support to have my username changed. (It didn’t work. Mwahaha.)
Wazza then sent me an email address to contact. (I trust Wazza with my life. We went through he whole of school together.) If you have problems with something and you can’t get passed an auto response, did you know that there’s a site where in which you can ‘Email The CEO.’
So I did. I explained everything, I sent supporting evidence. I didn’t expect to get a response… He personally emailed me back with instructions.
I did exactly what he said and explained why and how I could prove I was the real me. (They only had one form of ID.)
I did at the CEO said…and within days I had gotten my Twitter back…But only for about 2 hours, before Dee and the hacker had panicked and reported it. They thought I had simply tried to report the hack again, they didn’t know I was already talking to the powers above, who were monitoring everything.
(I also had a solicitor by this point.)
They regained access after those 2 hours so I reported it once more, doing exactly what I was asked.
I then supplied 2 forms of ID. I sent in pictures of me HOLDING my ID and then to smash it out the ball park, I sent in a video, with my held up to the camera. (All of this with supporting evidence of all the things he had changed my account display name to. It was great that he couldn’t actually change my username, because it meant that he always had to fly under @chrissiewunna.)
Then my friend , Bex Shiner (@BexBB9) sent me this…This message made me DO something about it. (I thank you so much for that Bex.) I’ve known Bex for years and I love her. She was on Big Brother the year Rex and Lisa were…who I also love. We’ve been close ever since, because that’s the year I had just entered the Hilton House on ITV2.
On the same day he had sent similar messages to people who he didn’t realize were my actual REAL LIFE friends. So Sam Reece got one, Tom Zanetti got one…Kerry Katona….Literally loads of people… (Silly man.) He unfollowed them all…incase he got caught out.
Luckily they’re not so stupid. But I still found it really embarrassing. I mean, what if people DID think it was me! People who didn’t know me personally, really DID think it was me!
He had already scammed my friend Liam out of money. Dee didn’t know i knew Liam personally. But when he knew Liam had a press release out on his scam, that was about to go live in the national press…he shat himself and transferred his money back immediately after MONTHS of toying.
Anyway…it was at that point where He had complacently tripped up and messed up. I obviously knew who it was the whole way through. I talked to him about it. He was trying to deny it but smug. He thought he was funny. Like he’d taken advantage of someone weak & vulnerable.
I’m not vulnerable. I’m fire! And that on the whole is disgusting!!!
Obviously he needed to trip up because you need pure evidence not ‘hearsay’ to stand your ground. He did it himself. He tripped over his own little cyber feet & just when he thought he was so cocky!
At that point I was able to give a full report to the CEO, my solicitor and the police. (Yup! Identity fraud and hacking is illegal.)
Twitter were WONDERFUL! I woke up yesterday morning with an email stating that the correct email address (MY email address) had now been connected to the account and I had pretty much won it back! Everything was still in tact… Yet Wazza & I chose you delete all my Tweets & start over because 3 months of continuous fake ones had gone out.
Dee probably woke up that morning and SHAT HIMSELF… (I know you’re reading this now. You can’t help it. You didn’t win and you have a lot more to come. They’re called ‘consequences’ for illegal activity.)
I had never felt more relieved, yesterday morning. My mum was really proud of me for listening to her. (For once.)
I wasn’t relieved because i had won my verified Twitter back, with followers in full tact…I was relieved because the sheer injustice of it all had really hurt me. I don’t like things that are not fair and having someone be able to pretend that they were me and get away with it, whilst ruining my reputation was just awful. It was really awful. I tried to ‘swag it off,’ but I couldn’t. It devastated me. It felt intrusive, wrong and at the beginning I didn’t think I could make it right. I felt violated. Disappointed in myself. How could I be so careless? So trusting? I know better than that!
(Go back to March..)
Me: ‘I feel like he’s won!’
Mum: ‘He hasn’t won. He CAN’T win this. You ARE you. He can’t win in REAL LIFE or in court of law Chrissie…As soon as you show up…everyone knows you’re the real you!!! Wake up! Be stronger and…’
Me: ‘But no-one at Twitter is listening. I’ve reported it a million times. ALL my friends have..’
Mum: ‘MAKE them listen!! Don’t give up. Wazza has given you ALL the tools you need to win this.’
I love my mum. It was in that moment where I flash backed to that time Wazza & in were 6th Form at school. We were stood in Maroon jumpers making up rude versions of Christmas carols during first break for kicks.
That’s all we thought we were doing at the time. We didn’t realise that decades later those school moments were building ‘forever bonds.’ That’s not even just with Waz. Every single person I went to school with are still so close. Yeah we all did well. But the school is what taught us to love, respect, help and protect one another through our lives. We always have. All of us. That’s why I sent my kids there.
I mean Ruby & Junior think they’re just playing with Eoin & chatting to Ray. Or skipping with Freya and swimming with Rupert. If they all stay in school, when they’re 30 they will have created the closest bonds. It happens with every year group that graduates.
What I wanted to say is THANK YOU to absolutely every single person who helped. Whether you reported the hack, sent me support, sorted out the problem or gave me a contact. I am so grateful. Also I want to apologise to anyone who he managed to scam, whilst using my name. I’ve read through the DM’s and they’re awful. I’m so sorry. One guy messaged me last night stating he’d taken all his money. I hate that o was associated with that.
But do know it wasn’t me and do remember (this is a lesson that I’ve learnt also, to be really careful online. Not everything is as it seems.) I do have an article going out to build awareness…and yeah it feels good to finally have it all exposed.
My account was verified. No-one has any reason to think is wasn’t me.You’ve really got to be careful.
I’ll tell you though…
Never give up. I nearly did. I have a good mum. She believed in me. I believed I couldn’t win a month ago…But i did, it would’ve been sorted out more quickly, if I woke up faster, instead of throwing the towel in.
You can do anything that your heart believes is right! You’ll never achieve anything, if you let others walk all over you, take away your world or make you forget that you are strong!