Victoria Nigar, a top Google+ Profile in 42,550+ Circles is Apparently a Fake

Google+ has enforced a strict policy, when it comes to names. Google has made it mandatory that all Google+ users must compulsorily use their real names in Google+. Details on name policy can be found on this page. As with any other social network, Google+ was also facing problems of fake celebrity accounts, and they addressed it conventionally with the verified account feature. However, these measures were not enough to keep fakers at bay.

Recently, a Google+ profile has been discovered, which easily features among the top 1000 Google+ accounts worldwide, but is actually a fake account. The Google+ account of Victoria Nigar has attracted a lot of attention lately. She is in over 42,550 circles, and is ranked 545 among top Google+ users in the world, #10 in Canada. Clearly, she has a huge following, but the people who follow her looking at her profile have not the slightest clue that its a fake profile.

Whoever owns this profile is in violation of one of the Google+ account terms.

Don’t pretend to be someone else.
Impersonation is a serious issue. Pretending to be someone else could cause your profile to be deleted. If someone is pretending to be you, go to their profile and click Report this profile.

This graph at Circle Count shows the growth of Victoria’s circles over time.

Even the display picture on her Google+ profile is a fake, and is of Susan Coffey, who happens to be a model.

This profile has been playing it smart, and has managed to stay one of the top Google+ profiles. However, what gave her away was probably her “About” page, which has the word “Google” written in every field. So, she has worked at Google for 10+ years from 2000, her bragging right is “Google”, her occupation is “Google” and even the “other name” field on her profile says Google.

If you visit her profile recently, you will see that the employment details have been taken down. Even Louis Gray, the famous Google+ evangelist fell for this fake profile, and shared her profile as part of one of his circles.

This is easily the biggest con on Google+ until now, and it has left everyone clueless with the only hint being, the first few tweets from the account were in Russian, whereas she claims to have lived only in California and San Francisco.

Google+ Spams Users, Runs out of Disk Space

In a quick succession, several Google+ users were bombarded with multiple email notifications spamming their inbox due to a coding error after which the service that kept track of Google+ notification system  ran out of disk space.

Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice-President of Social for Google, apologized on his Google+ account to those Google+ users who were affected because of the glitch.

Please accept our apologies for the spam we caused this afternoon.

For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications. Hence our system continued to try sending notifications. Over, and over again. Yikes.

We didn’t expect to hit these high thresholds so quickly, but we should have.

Thank you for helping us during this field trial, and once again, we are very sorry for the spam.

Google+ Runs out of Disk Space, Spams Users

Google+ is currently under field test and such bugs and errors are expected to follow. Google+ has currently closed down it’s sign up process and invite feature. There are over millions of users already on Google+, revealed Eric Schmidt on Thursday. When Google+ was announced, the invite process was open for quite a few time until it was closed due to insane demand of “invites“. Google then re-opened the social network to public for a shot period of time (Just for couple of hours).

Sophos reported that high profiles sufferers like Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC’s News’s Technology Correspondent, was bombarded with emails. Jones  tweeted “Getting zillions of Google+ emails, including duplicates which is apparently a bug. Already dubious about its usefulness…”

Google+ Runs out of Disk Space, Spams Users

However, the glitch did not cause much inconvenience to users as Gmail’s threaded view feature got all emails under a single thread. But for those who used third-party email clients definitely faced a lot of problems with multiple barrage of notifications. Google states that the Google+ team is working hard to fix/kill bugs and ensure that its infrastructure is fast and reliable when it is publicly open.

There have been spammy Google Plus invitations that are spreading viral all over the Internet. There are people who are selling Google+ invites which are fake. Please be aware that Google+ is free and there is no need to buy invites. Please be patient until Google+ is  opened  to public again.

By the way, we have been using Google+ for weeks and you might want to read through our series of articles which will be helpful to you when it comes to using and understanding Google+.