We all want to find our identity. To capitalize on it. For some, it can take a lifetime. For others, mere seconds. Even if it doesn't belong to them.

There is a subreddit called r/ActLikeYouBelong and it has 520K members. Why so many, you ask? It shares stories, pictures, and videos of people pretending to be someone they're not!

From a man posing as a delivery driver and stealing beer to a girl faking her way into a music festival as a photographer, you'll be surprised how many of these evil geniuses get away with it, too.

#1

The Madlass Thief

The Madlass Thief

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Caro Caro
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2 months ago

EPIC

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When it comes to inventing or borrowing an identity, I usually think of Frank Abagnale, the guy whose life inspired Catch Me If You Can. But for this article, I decided to dig a little deeper. And I'm glad I did. There have been plenty of fraudsters who have pulled off remarkable stunts and lived to tell the tale.

Take Perkin Warbeck for example. Chances are, you've never even heard of him. But Warbeck was the perpetrator of one of the most audacious cases of identity theft in history. 

#2

One Of The Largest Actlikeyoubelong Operations In History

One Of The Largest Actlikeyoubelong Operations In History

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Bacony Cakes
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2 months ago

*pink panther music*

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#3

Women Are Not Allowed To Attend Soccer Matches In Iran. 5 Girls Sneak In Azadi Stadium In Disguise To Celebrate Persepolis Championship In Iran's Persian Gulf Pro League

Women Are Not Allowed To Attend Soccer Matches In Iran. 5 Girls Sneak In Azadi Stadium In Disguise To Celebrate Persepolis Championship In Iran's Persian Gulf Pro League

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NsG
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2 months ago

That it's necessary is dreadful, but well done 'lads' for coming up with a creative solution (including one forgoing facial hair!)

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Nowadays, enterprises face real challenges, as sophisticated con men utilize stolen identities to access secure accounts or defraud victims of their finances. But Warbeck was way more ambitious. He was aiming at the ultimate target — the British throne.

In the late 15th century, supporters of the deposed Richard III of York persuaded a naive young Warbeck to assume a new identity. The Yorkist loyalists transformed him to become Richard, Duke of York, and true heir apparent to the throne. Beneath this guise, Warbeck began gathering forces to take the throne from the Tudor King Henry VII.

#4

Mom Of The Year Or... Dad Of The Year ?

Mom Of The Year Or... Dad Of The Year ?

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Rick
Community Member
2 months ago

This isn’t an “evil genius” it’s a mother doing a lovely thing for her son so he wouldn’t feel left out. This one shouldn’t even be on here.

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#5

This Lady Was In A Search Party Looking For... Herself!

This Lady Was In A Search Party Looking For... Herself!

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beastmachine.
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2 months ago

That could easily be me😂

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The ruse was eventually doomed and Warbeck ended up in captivity, but not before his deceit had raised an army of 6,000 men and gathered the support of many European royals of the era. 

Some see Warbeck as a stooge of more nefarious minds, however, his story proves that given the right circumstances, identity fraud can get you a long way.

As for Perkin Warbeck, he was hanged in 1499 after a failed attempt to escape. 

#6

I Give Y'all Permission Too

I Give Y'all Permission Too

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Rick
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2 months ago

I’m sure it’s what Jerry would have wanted

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#7

If It Was A Popeyes Then I Would Too

If It Was A Popeyes Then I Would Too

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

I'm off my way to test some of the restaurants in my neighborhood.....

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Martin Guerre is also worthy of a mention. He was born a French peasant, married Bertrande, the daughter of a well-to-do family, and after eight years together they had a child. At some point during their marriage, Martin was accused of stealing grain from his father and fled town and his family in 1548, never to be seen again.

That is, until a man named Arnaud du Tilh walked into town and up to Bertrande, claiming to be her husband and father of their child.

Bertrande was super happy and convinced that her husband had returned. Arnaud had such a striking resemblance to the real Martin Guerre; even his four sisters believed he was truly home.

#8

Don't Know If This Counts, But I Found This Interesting

Don't Know If This Counts, But I Found This Interesting

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Caro Caro
Community Member
2 months ago

Good for him, took a lot of guts though.

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#9

Daron Malakian (Guitarist Of System Of A Down) Pretending To Be A Random Fan And Telling A Magazine How Great The Band Is (1999)

Daron Malakian (Guitarist Of System Of A Down) Pretending To Be A Random Fan And Telling A Magazine How Great The Band Is (1999)

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Vic
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2 months ago

That was an outstanding move.

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“Martin Guerre”, aka Arnaud du Tilh, lived three years with Bertrande and her son, even having a child together. The townspeople, however, remained suspicious. Eventually, they had raised so much fuss, there was a trial against the imposter after “Martin Guerre” tried to claim an inheritance from his newly deceased father.

The sentence was passed down, but Arnaud du Tilh appealed the verdict and almost convinced the court of his innocence. However, at the very last moment, the real Martin Guerre emerged with a wooden leg and forgotten knowledge of the past.

In the end, Bertrande and Martin’s four sisters attested that it was truly him, and Arnaud du Tilh was sentenced to death by hanging for adultery and fraud in 1560.

The middle ages were wild!

#10

Painted This Mural Illegally During Daytime By Acting Like I Belonged

Painted This Mural Illegally During Daytime By Acting Like I Belonged

I put a plastic cover over the ground, installed a ladder and put on painting overalls. The mural is on a trail connecting two neighbourhoods so there were frequent passerby, people walking dogs, etc.. I basically ignored them and kept working calmly. Only one dude tried to call my bluff. He shouted something like ‘hey stop, what are you doing?’, but i didn’t look up and only turned around a few seconds later to pick up a different color, so he assumed i was legit.

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Caro Caro
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2 months ago

Much nicer than a boring black wall.

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#11

Getting Backstage With Wikipedia

Getting Backstage With Wikipedia

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beastmachine.
Community Member
2 months ago

Read these dozens of times, still can't believe how easy it was

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#12

The Ol Miss Frizzle Disguise

The Ol Miss Frizzle Disguise

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beastmachine.
Community Member
2 months ago

Only in Russia

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#13

My Dad Disguising Himself To Get In The Yearbook Twice (1980s)

My Dad Disguising Himself To Get In The Yearbook Twice (1980s)

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Justin G
Community Member
2 months ago

Iconic

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#14

The Day I Pretended To Be Tmz To Get This Photo Of Tom Hiddleston.

The Day I Pretended To Be Tmz To Get This Photo Of Tom Hiddleston.

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Katie Lutesinger
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2 months ago

And it's a really good picture, too! Score!

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#15

Dad Couldn’t Get A Reservation At A Restaurant, Calls Back Pretending To Be Prime Minister Of Morocco. Gets Best Seat In The House And Signs A Plate For The Chef

Dad Couldn’t Get A Reservation At A Restaurant, Calls Back Pretending To Be Prime Minister Of Morocco. Gets Best Seat In The House And Signs A Plate For The Chef

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
2 months ago

Wish he had put on a fez, to look 100% legit :-D

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#16

Repost? Maybe. Jaw Dropping? Definitely

Repost? Maybe. Jaw Dropping? Definitely

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lunar eclipse
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2 months ago

WOAH

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#17

Snuck Into A Festival Using Bottles Of Water And A Hi Vis Vest

Snuck Into A Festival Using Bottles Of Water And A Hi Vis Vest

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K Witmer
Community Member
2 months ago

My friends and I buried bottles of alcohol on the grounds of a festival the night before it began. We dug them up so we wouldn't have to pay for drinks. They're expensive

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#18

Mad Lad Eats For Free

Mad Lad Eats For Free

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Janelle Collard
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2 months ago (edited)

"Starving college students" is an actual thing (esp. in America.)

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#19

Comedian Gallagher Saw Me Signing To My Deaf Son In Front Of The Stage At His Show In Alaska And Assumed I Was An Interpreter For Him. I Signed The Whole Show On Stage (Me Far Left)

Comedian Gallagher Saw Me Signing To My Deaf Son In Front Of The Stage At His Show In Alaska And Assumed I Was An Interpreter For Him. I Signed The Whole Show On Stage (Me Far Left)

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Ekaterina S
Community Member
2 months ago

Very cool! Your son was pretty proud, wasn’t he? :)

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#20

A Powerful Weapon In Your Arsenal

A Powerful Weapon In Your Arsenal

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Aisling Raye
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't do this --> find local event staffing company that does all the big events in your area. Find out what they wear (hint it's usually black pants and some color polo.) Dress the same for free access to concerts, football games etc. Since the venue is hiring a larg number of people through a staffing agency they won't know who you are or if you belong or not. Most employees don't even know the other employees. I never did this, never knew other college kids that did this. It has definitely never worked.

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#21

Sigma Males Dont Pay For Drugs

Sigma Males Dont Pay For Drugs

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Lucky2BAlive
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2 months ago

I can’t tell if I should be mortified or impressed.

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#22

Back When Aol Was A Thing

Back When Aol Was A Thing

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beastmachine.
Community Member
2 months ago

Now I see why AOL shrunk down so quickly

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#23

Looking Out For Real Brothers

Looking Out For Real Brothers

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beastmachine.
Community Member
2 months ago

Those are the buds I need

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#24

Youtube Streamer Pretends To Play Ufc So He Could Stream The Entire Ppv Without Being Copyrighted

Youtube Streamer Pretends To Play Ufc So He Could Stream The Entire Ppv Without Being Copyrighted

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Piet Puk
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow!!

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#25

This Kid From My School Is An Absolute Legend. Just Read The Caption Below The Picture.

This Kid From My School Is An Absolute Legend. Just Read The Caption Below The Picture.

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Is the bird the word?
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2 months ago

Imma put this in my to-do list

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#26

Got A Job!

Got A Job!

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Theoretical Empiricist
Community Member
2 months ago

Is your name Harold Hill?

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#27

Spotted This One Out In The Wild

Spotted This One Out In The Wild

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
2 months ago

He worked for the money first

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#28

That Will Be 9.95$ With Senior Discount

That Will Be 9.95$ With Senior Discount

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Rick
Community Member
2 months ago

This is commitment and I’m all for it.

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#29

Can Substitute Uniform For Clipboard

Can Substitute Uniform For Clipboard

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Dan Buczynski
Community Member
2 months ago

All the trouble for Bud Light tho?

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#30

I Was Cleaning The Basement And Found This. My Daughter And Her Boyfriend Made These And Walked Right Into A Concert. No Questions Asked.

I Was Cleaning The Basement And Found This. My Daughter And Her Boyfriend Made These And Walked Right Into A Concert. No Questions Asked.

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Caro Caro
Community Member
2 months ago

You must be very proud! hahaha

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#31

Man Stole $122m From Facebook And Google By Sending Them Random Bills, Which The Companies Dutifully Paid

Man Stole $122m From Facebook And Google By Sending Them Random Bills, Which The Companies Dutifully Paid

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beastmachine.
Community Member
2 months ago

That reminds of when once Google forgot to pay for it's website hosting and someone just bought the domain name for few bucks, they then paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to the guy who later donated all that money

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#32

Nothing To See Here Just A Very Realistic Mannequin

Nothing To See Here Just A Very Realistic Mannequin

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Rick
Community Member
2 months ago

LMAO I didn’t even notice at first

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#33

Man Brings Life Jacket, Nerf Guns, And Vacuum To A 2nd Amendment Protest

Man Brings Life Jacket, Nerf Guns, And Vacuum To A 2nd Amendment Protest

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JimiB09
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2 months ago

Guy up front is in the Gravy Seals

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#34

Commit To The Bit

Commit To The Bit

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Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

Who is he?

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#35

It's Cold Outside And I Was Tired Of Standing. Found A Pen And Paper And Now I'm With Stats And Press

It's Cold Outside And I Was Tired Of Standing. Found A Pen And Paper And Now I'm With Stats And Press

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

Don't you need some kind of credentials? Like a pass or something?

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#36

Snuck Into Vip Section Of A Concert. We Noticed The Special Wristbands Looked Awfully Simaler To Our Water Bottle Wrappers

Snuck Into Vip Section Of A Concert. We Noticed The Special Wristbands Looked Awfully Simaler To Our Water Bottle Wrappers

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Ancsuri
Community Member
2 months ago

the wrappers are usually sticky at the back, with a bit of creativity you dont need tape

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#37

The Vest Is Really Important

The Vest Is Really Important

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beastmachine.
Community Member
2 months ago

Nice way to get attention

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#38

A Few Years Ago I Impersonated A Journalist To Get Into Bernie Sanders' Press Conference For The Release Of His Book, Got On TV, And Then Told Him Afterwards What I Did

A Few Years Ago I Impersonated A Journalist To Get Into Bernie Sanders' Press Conference For The Release Of His Book, Got On TV, And Then Told Him Afterwards What I Did

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John Montgomery
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2 months ago

What did he say?

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#39

The Story Of Emmanuel Nwude And The Imaginary Airport Isn’t As Simple As Those Emails You Get From Time To Time Asking For Your Bank Details, But The Essential Elements – Nigeria And Scamming Are Present And Correct

The Story Of Emmanuel Nwude And The Imaginary Airport Isn’t As Simple As Those Emails You Get From Time To Time Asking For Your Bank Details, But The Essential Elements – Nigeria And Scamming Are Present And Correct

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Adam C
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2 months ago

Employee in the bank: "We just got a email from the prince".

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#40

A Scientist That Changed Many Lives And Did What He Loved Until His Death.

A Scientist That Changed Many Lives And Did What He Loved Until His Death.

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Fred L.
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2 months ago

Could be deliberate though ...

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