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An impersonator on The Economist online website

Someone has been impersonating me on The Economist website for quite a while. I found this out relatively recently and took it up with The Economist . The latest situation is noted below for the public record. 

Please be ware that if you find comments by one 'Sanjiv Sabhlok' (a FAKE person) on The Economist website purporting are NOT from me! This impersonator has been giving out my home page as his own, and pretends to live in Melbourne! He is undertaking a deliberate and malicious program to malign my reputation. That is intolerable.

I've asked The Economist to take appropriate action including report this to the British Police. Should the magazine not resolve this matter soon enough I'll need to consider other options including reporting this to the relevant authorities in UK and Australia. I believe that The Economist is obliged to prevent mischievous misrepresentation. I am waiting for a proper resolution of this matter. It is not enough, in my view, to simply amend the 'pen name' (deliberate misrepresentation with clear intent to misled the public/ harm me can't be lightly treated). I expect this to be reported to the Police.

Examples of the impersonation (click for larger image)


—– Original Message —-

> From: Comments Moderator <>

> To: Sanjeev Sabhlok <>

> Sent: Wed, 2 February, 2011 9:59:22 PM

> Subject: Re: sanjeevsabhlok's comment to The Economist online

> Dear Sir,

> Please be advised that this comment, and all other comments in  which this user 

>links to your site, have been removed from

> We are in contact with the individual concerned. If this  user wishes to 

>continue to comment appropriately on we will most  likely amend 

>their chosen pen name. Alternatively the account may still be  suspended in its 


> Yours Sincerely,

> Comments  Moderator

> >>> Sanjeev Sabhlok <> 29/01/2011 10:39  >>>

> Dear Moderator

> I just came across yet another comment  (since I've set up google alert), and 

> this person who is impersonating me is  continuing his comments pretending to 

>be  me. Indeed, I notice the following  comment: "Do you have the copyright to the 

> name sajiv sabhlok. Its SANJIV,  not Sanjeev…:), I dont think so. Even 2 – 

>2000  people can have the same  name. Keep dreaming. And your website is in public 

> domain and I can link it  wherever I want to. "

> I'm afraid NO ONE has any right to link to MY home  page and claim that it is 

> them (which is what this fraudulent impersonator  has done in the past). They 

>are  welcome to link to my website but not to  claim ownership. Also it is 

> inappropriate to use a name similar to mine  UNLESS that is their actual name. 

> Can you please ask this person to prove  his actual name.

> I trust you are taking urgent action against this  fraudulent impersonator! I'm  getting a bit concerned now at the severe  misundersatnding that The Economist is  assisting in spreading about me – the  sooner this is fixed the better. I'm not > happy at all with what is going  on.

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4 thoughts on “An impersonator on The Economist online website
  1. Soumik

    I know this is old, but even then, anyone with a modestly keen eye can spot: your name (as you use) is ‘Sanjeev’ and not ‘Sanjiv’…

  2. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    There is no such person (with the same last name) in Australia. Pure attempt to impersonate.

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