Charity begins at home page. And sometimes you don"t even know you"re so charitable. Sushmita Sen, who is by now used to being impersonated on the social networking websites has now woken up to a horror beyond the expected.
A Sushmita impersonator on Facebook has actually started asking for money in her name for charity.
Sushmita is far from amused. “It"s not a game. For this gentleman or lady, whoever he or she might be, charity obviously begins and ends at home. My impersonator has even opened an account www.sushmita-sen.com where charitable Facebook participants can donate money."
The actress, who says she is not net-savvy, is appalled by the liberties that are being taken. “I"ve been smiling a little indulgently at all these fake Sushmita Sens on Facebook and Twitter. I thought; as long as they were not harming me let them have fun. But now when someone decides to open a charitable account on my behalf it"s time to seriously get up and do something to stop people."
Sushmita got to know of the imposter"s monetary maneuvers only when friends called to ask how many zeroes they should put on their cheques. “I was zapped! I was like…huh! I do love giving to charitable causes. But, certainly not in this tacky way. Whoever has the nerve to ask for money and open a website for the purpose trusted in my charitable instincts is a bit too much."
Sushmita feels cyber crimes like impersonation and abuse must be stopped. “If you have a name that people can use, then these things are bound to happen. So far I didn"t mind my name being used by others. But now let me make it very clear that I am not on Facebook, Twitter or anything. And I"m certainly not into asking for money for charity on the internet. Hey guys, that"s not me!"