Girl's Instagram profile is taken over by imposter who used it to bully her friends but police say they are powerless to act 

  • Brooke Barr says fake account was set up in her daughter Reve's name
  • 12-year-old was bullied at school because of negative posts on profile
  • Instagram says there is no way to reveal who set up account

By Daily Mail Reporter

An Arizona schoolgirl who had her Instagram profile taken over by an imposter has been told by police there is nothing they can do to help.

Reve Osheel, 12, was horrified when she realized someone had been sending bullying messages to her school friends from an account in her name.

But when her mother, Brooke Barr contacted the police she was told that although it was mean, because her daughter had not been directly harassed there was nothing they could do.

Upset: Reve Osheel says she feels hurt after someone set up a fake Instagram in her name to bully her friends

Upset: Reve Osheel says she feels hurt after someone set up a fake Instagram in her name to bully her friends

Ms Barr said that her daughter had been ignored at school because of the nasty comments being posted under her name.

Reve, who has Tourette's syndrome, had already been bullied at school because of her illness, but because of the fake account she has been picked on even more.

'It makes me feel kind of sad and just weird. I don’t know why someone would do this to me, and hurt me and my friends,' she told ABC News.

 

Ms Brooke, who shares an Instagram account with her daughter, first realized that an imposter was posing as her daughter when she saw that a Reve_Osheel had 'liked' a photo.

After checking with her husband if he had given their daughter permission to have her own account, she started to try to trace who had created it.

'The photos were all taken from Reve’s account that I monitor. They took screen shots, edited them and re-posted. They looked very believable,' Ms Barr said.

No trace: Brooke and her daughter Reve have not been able to find out who set up the fake account

No trace: Brooke and her daughter Reve have not been able to find out who set up the fake account

Bullied: Reve Osheel has been ignored at school because of the mean comments posted from a fake account set up in her name

Bullied: Reve Osheel has been ignored at school because of the mean comments posted from a fake account set up in her name

Because the family's real account is private, Ms Barr believes that whoever set up the fake Instagram knows her daughter.

The imposter has already sent 35 posts, and has 83 followers, but the account is being used to harass Reve's friends.

Ms Barr said that one post read: 'You are such a brat, [explicit], [explicit]. And, like, you think you're popular but you're not. So stop acting like one and you will never be one because you are a [explicit].'

The mom has approached her daughter's school friends, the police and Instagram to try to stop the account, and to explain that Reve is not to blame.

She believes the imposter could be a child at Reve's school, and speculated that because her daughter had spoken out after being bullied, she had been made a target.

Sergeant William Sanger said the police were unable to take action, but that he wished the department could do more. 

'It’s a pretty crappy thing to do, but it's not criminal in nature. If they start making threats or something then that’s different,' he told ABC News.

When Ms Barr contacted Instagram she was told that unless she had a warrant they were unable to share private information.

The social network later stated the imposter's account was currently listed as not active.

'All I want to do is find out who this is. Why can’t I trace the IP address to see who did this?' Ms Barr said.

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Another page from the "Stupid Mommy Coloring Book".

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A 13 year old should not be on some social media site. Stay away from the social media and there is no risk of harassment, bullying or identity theft.

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The solution is simple...stay off social media, the scourge of society.

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I've got a solution: Get off of social media, and interact with your friends in person. It's not too difficult, it was the way it was done prior to the internet (ancient history to the modern generation)

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Instagram should chuck the Mum out for operating an account for a child too young to register. What chance have kids got when their parents are so stupid. Would Mommy buy her booze to get around the law?

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What's on her head?!?

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Posing as someone else? Isn't that ID theft? Perhaps not exactly under the law as written (yet). This case may be a warning shot over the bow of more cases to come that people need to think about.

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There's no reason for a 12 year old to be on social media. Why is this a story?

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Mmm. Post information about yourself on media that isn't secure then complain because someone misuses it. What is it with today's young folks? Are they idiotic or just plain stupid?

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They both mean the same thing...

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Instagram does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for the Service. The mother should be a bit more vigilant and not allow her child on these sites that give clear age limits.

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Get reality neither instagram or Facebook care about their 13 year age limit

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i thought the 13 year age limit was to do with the law.

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