Wait, so Kim she saw your avatar, complimented you on it, then stole it and accused YOU of stealing it from HER? And she thought nobody on the whole forum would notice? How naive...
But yeah, that would be a bit worrisome. Glad it got resolved.
Anybody wants to steal my avatar... it's not mine to claim so I guess I can't keep them from taking it. It's a wikipedia stock photo.
Just to clarify...
The person who messaged me was using an avatar of a young guy (I'd guess to be mid-to-late 20ish) without a shirt on (pictures of half-clothed people are usually a warning as it is, but I didn't want to judge prematurely), and his profile claimed to be from the UK. I doubt any of those things were actually him--and I'm guessing it was a him, since several other ladies have said he tried to message them too--but of course, you never really know.
After about 2 exchanges of small talk, he complimented my picture, and the next thing I knew, it was my own avatar that was answering me back. When I checked his profile, he had changed it to my picture. I then asked him to change it and to not use my picture.
This is when he started saying repeatedly that I must be using a fake picture or I wouldn't make a big deal about it, and that I wouldn't have changed my avatar in response. I'm guessing that he was going to attempt to try to manipulate me into sending pictures, getting on camera, or sending some kind of other personal info in order to try to "prove" who I really am.
For anyone who isn't familiar with these kinds of games, please don't fall for it. You don't owe strangers you don't know on the internet any kind of information about yourself.
However, then there is also the flipside of catfish--people who claim to be someone they're not, or won't give you any proof that they are who they say they are when you've developed a "close" friendship or relationship with them, but... that's an entirely different discussion.