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Daily launches probe over scammer posing as journalist

Victoria FinanA regional daily is investigating after a journalist alerted readers about an impostor posing as her online.

Yorkshire Post social affairs correspondent Victoria Finan has issued a warning after a fake email account was set up claiming to be her.

However, the scammer was successfully identified by someone they contacted after misspelling Victoria’s surname as ‘Finnan’.

The matter is now being investigated by the Leeds-based Post.

Her warning comes just a fortnight after Manchester Evening News politics and investigations editor Jen Williams revealed a fake Instagram account purporting to be her had taken in more than 1,000 followers.

Victoria, pictured, posted about the fake emailer on Twitter.

She wrote: “I’ve been alerted this afternoon that someone is posing as me on a fake email account.

“My work email address is in my bio – if you receive an email from ‘me’ from another address, please disregard it and let me know.

“One of the only times the bane of my existence of people misspelling/pronouncing my surname has been an advantage – the scammer was detected because they signed the email ‘Finnan’.”

Post editor James Mitchinson confirmed the incident is being investigated.

He posted on Twitter: “Our tech team is looking into this hack. I’ll update when we know more. In the meantime, please take care with electronic communications.”