Obvious phony identities are encountered from time to time on linkedin, facebook, and twitter as well as several other locations where recruiters see potential to find candidates. Whether the name is John Doe, William Peters, Jane Foster, or something with some originality, recruiters set up fake identities for a number of reasons. Maybe they are running a secondary business that they do not want their employers to know about. Maybe they don't want ex-employers to know they are breaking their confidentiality or non-solicitation agreements. Perhaps it is simply a way to recruit anonymously. Whatever the reason, is it ethical? Should a recruiter always only use his/her true identity? Is it sleazy? I have not seen anything written on this subject. I am curious what other recruiters have to say on this subject. Let me know.