According to reports, a young woman named Shelly Hornstein duped everyone in the industry with her on point photoshop skills.
She allegedly photoshopped pictures of herself next to celebrities like artist/actor Justin Timberlake and comedian Andy Samberg, making it seem like she and these celebs were buddy-buddy. In addition, Hornstein reportedly made up job titles of which she never held.
Talk about deception, right?
Hornstien allegedly describes herself as an “Angel Investor and Entrepreneur.” She claimed to have met these stars and many like them, at parties across San Francisco.
Daily Mail U.K. reports, “Hornstein even managed to score herself a top-40 placing on a list of the most influential women investing in technology in Silicon Valley, which was republished in Forbes.”
However, Hornstein’s fairytale lifestyle came crumbling down when she began bragging about working for Silicon Valley ‘legend,’ according to Huffington Post, former Facebook executive, and Napster creator Sean Parker.
Daily Mail also reports, ‘Sean Parker’s Founders Fund took legal action against the would-be tech investor to stop her from ever claiming that she worked for them according to Gawker.Com.‘
‘Beginning no later than July of 2011. Ms. Hornstein engaged in a pattern of conduct, which includes making false and misleading written and oral representations, designed to deceive potential business partners and employers into believing that she had prior and/or ongoing business and employment connections to Founders Fund and its partners,’ according to the legal document.
‘In fact, Ms. Hornstein is not now, nor has she ever been, an employee or business partner of Founders Fund or any Founders Fund Partner or executive.’
For those of you who use Instagram, this definitely tops #NoFilter. Sounds like a major fail on Hornstein’s part…
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