The Outside World She Thought She Fell Victim to Identity Theft, But The Truth Was Life-Changing Published 10 months ago on May 8, 2018 By Monica Huntington As social media became an ever-increasing part of our everyday lives, society seems to have equally cursed and praised the technological advances that have the power to bring us closer together but can also lead to dangerous scams (and on the less extreme side, exponentially waste our time). In some cases however, these platforms of virtual connection lead to some pretty incredible discoveries. Such was the case with the hero of our story. What started off as a a bizarre case of identity theft eventually led to a discovery that completely turned her life around. Don’t miss this amazing story – read on! 1. A Shocking Share Fashion student Anais Bordier was studying in London when something happened that would forever change her life and make international headlines. Bordier was connected to various forms of social media at the time and it was in large due to the Internet that her life would never be the same. Fox It was an unassuming day in December 2012, when her friend Kelsang shared a YouTube video on Anais’ Facebook page. Although she didn’t think much of it at first, when she took a longer look at the video it made her freeze. 2. Social Media Mystery What Anais Bordier appeared to be looking down at was nothing other than what looked like her very own face in the YouTube video. “I wondered, ‘Who posted a video of me on YouTube?” she recalled of the puzzling moment. Twitter Thoughts were racing through her head about all of the possible answers to what the heck was happening. The thing that she couldn’t stop thinking about, though, was the fact that she had never made a YouTube video (let alone one with her own picture). 3. Online Identity Theft? At first, Anais Bordier thought it could be a case of identity theft. But why had someone made a video of her? And, what was their intent? The aspiring fashion designer couldn’t stop staring at the image and couldn’t figure out what to make of it. The Telegraph With social media and the virtual realm gaining more of a central role in everyday lives people were becoming all the more wary of Internet scams and malicious web activity. But as Anais took a closer look at the video, she realized something shocking. 4. Mirror Image “You know how often your friends tell you that you look like someone, I thought maybe in the eyes or something like that,” Anais Bordier said looking back. But as Anais further inspected the video, it appeared the face, freckles and hair all seemed to be identical to hers. Fox She watched the video over and over again, staring at the perplexing image looking back at her. After endlessly pouring over the video, however, she eventually realized that it was in fact not her image at all. It was someone else’s. 5. An American Enigma The video that Anais Bordier had been tagged in turned out to be an American sketch comedy production. And as it happened, one of the actresses had an uncanny resemblance to her. This led Bordier to launch a curious search into the young woman in the video. YouTube Apart from the fact that the woman had an American accent, Anais couldn’t find any more information about her. She searched desperately but to no avail, there were no credits or other information that could offer an answer. A few months later, however, a miraculous find would lead to an astonishing discovery. 6. A Second Sighting In February 2013, the same friend who had sent Anais Bordier the first video with her lookalike messaged her with some good news. He’d found another video featuring the same young woman! Bordier could hardly wait to check it out. Zimbio “I’ve seen that girl again,” he messaged Bordier with a link to the new video. The new video was a college campus comedy called 21 & Over. This time as Anais looked into the movie, though, things would be different. 7. An Unbelievable Discovery Anais Bordier was sitting on a bus at the time that she received the message about the new video. She immediately searched the film’s IMDB page and found out that her mysterious doppelganger was a Los Angeles-based actress named Samantha Futerman. IMDB Futerman’s credit included the part of Satsu in Memoirs of a Geisha along with some short films and TV show appearances. But it was another part of her personal information that made Bordier immediately get off the bus and call her mother. 8. Coincidence or Something Else As Anais Bordier scoured over Samantha Futerman’s online bio, she was shocked to find that they shared the same birthday – November 19, 1987. Also, like her, Anais realized that Samantha had also been born in Busan, Korea and put up for adoption. CNN All of these similarities again had her mind racing. After explaining the situation over the phone, Anais’s mother finally said the words her daughter admits she was too afraid to even consider: “Do you think she might be your twin?” 9. A Baby’s Background Anais Bordier had been adopted as a baby and raised as an only child by her parents in Paris and Brussels. Her adoption records said she was born in South Korea to a single mother and had no siblings. There were also no pictures or the name of her birth mother listed. CNN However, these recent developments had her thinking: could it be that she wasn’t an only child and had a younger or a half-sister somewhere out there? Anais recalled that as a child she often felt lonely, but she loved her parents dearly. Little did she know that during her post-university pursuits in London, her life would change forever. 10. A Happy Upbringing Bordier’s parents, Jacques and Patricia, took home baby Anais from a foster care center in Seoul when she was a mere three months old. “You’re the child we always wanted,” Anais recalled of her loving parents telling her of the adoption. Instagram Despite her happy upbringing, she remembered that it was difficult when other children would ask why she didn’t look like her parents. It was no secret that she was adopted, but still it stung. Still she could never have guessed, though, what she’d soon find out. 11. Cross-Continent Connection Anais looked up Samantha online and finally found her on Facebook. She spent a long time trying to compose a message about her suspicions. Worried Samantha wouldn’t believe her, she told the actress to take a look at her own Facebook page to check out pictures for herself. Wimp.com “So…I don’t want to be too Lindsay Lohan, well…but…how to put it…I was wondering where were you born?” Anais wrote, referring to the movie The Parent Trap, in her message to the total stranger. She was worried the whole effort was in vain, but soon something completely unexpected would happen. 12. Stalker Suspicions Over in Los Angeles, Samantha Futerman initially thought a stalker was using her own picture to try to contact her. “When Anais’s message appeared, it was such a mixture of emotions. I first thought, ‘Oh man, some weird person has got hold of a photo of me.’” Getty Image “She looks so much like me, is this really happening?” she recalled thinking. “I was strangely calm, but really excited. I was more elated than scared,” she explained of the episode. Things made even more sense when she read Anais’ message. 13. Cautious Curiosity Samantha Futerman had also been adopted from South Korea and grew up halfway across the world with her family in New Jersey. She didn’t suffer as much from loneliness as she had two brothers, Matt and Andrew. She studied in New York and Boston before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Facebook When Samantha first approached her parents, Judd and Jackie Futerman, about the message she had received from Anais in London, they were initially cautious. But their approach was different when Samantha showed them the baby photos Anais had sent. That’s when everything changed. 14. Uncovering the Unbelievable Back in London, Anais was shocked when her Facebook inbox notified her of a new message. Samantha had written back! Anais was beyond herself when she opened the message to find that Samantha had sent a picture of her records adoption records, and they noticed something unbelievable. NY Post According to Samantha’s records, she and Anais had been born at the same clinic in South Korea. The two could barely believe it. Ecstatically, they began messaging back and forth sharing more info about their respective families, upbringing and pictures. After arranging several Skype conversations, the two agreed to meet. 15. Three Months Later Three months after their first Skype call, Samantha Futerman boarded a plane from Los Angeles to London. Accompanies by her two brothers and her parents, Samantha would finally meet face-to-face with Anais on the occasion of her graduation from fashion school. Daily Mail Around the same time that Samantha and Anais were planning to meet, they decided to do a DNA test to officially resolve whether they shared any relation. So both young women swabbed their mouths and sent the samples to Dr. Nancy Segal’s lab. Little did they know, the results would turn their lives upside down. 16. A Mesmerizing Meeting On May 14, 2013, Samantha Futerman arrived in London. Anais almost fainted as she approached her lookalike from L.A. At first, that initial encounter “was awkward, like a first date,” Samantha reflected. But they couldn’t help but be drawn toward one another. Korea Herald All Samantha and Anais could do was stare in amazement. “It was like she was my mirror,” Anais said. She then couldn’t hold back as she reached out to poke Samantha and they both started laughing. They spent the coming days non-stop talking and bonding. That’s when they received a phone call that completely stunned them. 17. Lost and Found As Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier spoke to Dr. Nancy Segal, who had run their DNA tests, they could hardly believe it when she uttered one sentence: “Turn and hug your identical twin.” The results were in, and it was true! Pinterest Samantha fell off her chair upon hearing the results and the two laughed the same laugh as everyone around them cheered. It turned out that the two long-lost twins had been separated at birth before being adopted by families living thousands of miles away from each other. By a miraculous coincidence they had found each other again 25 years later! Still, their amazing journey wasn’t over yet. 18. Incredibly Similar “It was weird, but I feel like there was a strange calm and comfort as well, and something that I can’t really explain,” Samantha explained. The more time the reunited twins spent together, the more their similarities became clear. They both discovered they had been something of tomboys when they were little. Kiosk Today Apart from their identical appearance, the twin sisters also shared an aversion to cooked carrots, often show up with the same nail polish color (without planning) and they shared a similar sense of humor and ability to completely understand one another. Their story was truly astounding but it was still far from over. 19. Real Life Parent Trap “I immediately thought she was cool because she made a Lindsay Lohan reference from The Parent Trap,” Futerman said of finding her long-lost twin. “I thought it was cool that we could be twins.” For her part, Anais said that during the experience, “I realized I’d never felt happier.” Yahoo Although the twins hadn’t known one another existed for the first 25 years of their lives, they soon felt like the family never knew they had. The two adoptees couldn’t believe their luck in finding each other, but what about the families who had raised them since they were babies? 20. Family Matters Neither set of parents who had adopted Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier had known that their daughter had been separated at birth from her twin, let alone that she had a biological sibling. Both families were undeniable shocked, but they both had a tear-jerking reaction upon learning the long-unknown truth. CNN Anais’ father cried when he met Samantha and her mother acknowledged there was no doubt they were twins. Meanwhile, the Futermans said they would have adopted both girls if they’d know. “Our (adoptive) families treat each other like family. Our families are super close.” With the support of their families, the twins prepared for a new leg of their dramatic journey to uncover some lingering questions. 21. Returning to their Roots A few months after their initial meeting, the twins reunited again this time in L.A. Shortly after that, they traveled to South Korea to share their reunion story and meet more people like them at a conference by the International Korean Adoptee Associations. Han Cinema While in South Korea, the twins explored their roots. Seeking some unresolved answers, Samantha Futerman tried to contact the twins’ birth mother. They had little information to go on, but they didn’t really get the reaction that they’d hoped for. 22. A Clue Although both Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier were listed as “single birth” babies, there was a woman’s name linked to their adoption papers. Samantha contacted the woman, but she “she wasn’t as warm as we’d hoped.” Incredibly, the long-lost twin sisters weren’t deterred as they were just happy to have found each other. Twinsters “We don’t know if she needs time, or it could be that she doesn’t want to talk to us,” Samantha said of their possible biological mother “We respect whatever her choice, her feelings, and her decisions are.” The reunited twins ended up writing a message to the woman, thanking her for giving them life. But their remarkable story of love doesn’t end there. 23. Sharing their Story Although the twins still couldn’t find any answers as to why they had been separated at birth, they knew that they wanted to share their incredible story. Luckily, they had been documenting everything about their amazing story from the beginning. CNN The twins had captured images and filmed the entire process as it unfolded from their first Skype conversations to their emotional face-to-face encounter and their touching meetings and trips together in the months to come. What they would do with all that footage would turn out to be very impressive. 24. Gaining Attention The unlikely story of the identical twins who were separated at birth only to reunite later by means of the Internet made headlines around the world. From the U.S. to Europe and Korea, the girls were interviewed and marveled over. The Sun Since Samantha worked in the film industry, she had suggested from early on that they make a documentary film about her and Anais. Their real-journey was the stuff Hollywood movies are made of, so it was only fitting that the used their footage to make a full-length documentary called Twinsters. Little did they know how big of an impact the documentary would have. 25. Festival Favorite The emotion-ridden 90-minute documentary Twinsters was released on March 15, 2015 and was featured on Netflix. The film first premiered at the South by Southwest Festival, where it garnered a positive response and even received an award for its editing. Facebook Twinsters was also featured at the Los Angeles Pacific Film Festival, where it again received praise and won recognition at the event’s best documentary. In light of the favorable feedback that the twins received for their documentary, they continued to share their amazing story in other incredible ways. 26. The Click of a Button It’s amazing to think that with one click of a button, the lives of these two changed forever. Following the great response that Twinsters received, the identical twin sisters hoped to take their documentary international and release it in Korea. Variety The success of the movie led the twins to combined their creative talents again and write a book about their experience called Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited. Little did they know, their growing visibility would soon catch the eye of Will Ferrell and friends. But how? 27. Hollywood Attention In 2016, ABC bought the rights to a comedy series that Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and their fellow creators behind Funny or Die had based on the Twinsters documentary. And while the sisters were happy about all the showbiz attention, fame hadn’t been their primary goal. IMDB Despite the increased focus on them, the twins simply wanted to create more awareness for adoptees and their families. Samantha has even gone on to team up with Glee actress Jenna Ushkowitz to co-found an adoption advocacy group. “It feels good to know we’re working for a greater purpose.” Still, it’s the future that has the most in store for the twins. 28. A Greater Purpose Although identical twins Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman have garnered international fame for what they describe as their “crazy story,” the best part was finding each other and themselves in the process. For Samantha, finding her twin has given her a greater purpose in life. Cosmopolitan Samantha said that finding her long-lost twin was like “that feeling on Christmas when you open up the presents, the one you were asking for, it’s that – that pure feeling of joy – that’s how I always feel.’” Of her time with Anais, she’s said: “we never even talk about our childhood because we’re so excited about what’s happening right now.” 29. Not Lonely Anymore As for Anais Bordier, finding her twin, Samantha, has filled some of those earlier holes she felt and an only child and adoptee. “I don’t feel lonely anymore,” Bordier said. “We text every day. We can just WhatsApp her and Sam would instantly respond. I’m not feeling alone anymore.” CNN “You can’t imagine that you might have a twin sister somewhere that you don’t know about,” she reflected. Although the twin sisters had different experiences as adoptees growing up, the two Twinsters stars remarkably have a very similar outlook on adoption. 30. A Blessing In spite of everything they’ve gone through, the reunited twins both feel that their adoption was a blessing. “To parents who are adopting children, I’d say they’re really brave,” Anais said. She also praised parents who give up their children with the hopes they’ll have better lives. “I hope our biological parents are happy,” she added, thanking them. Facebook Anais Bordier is now a handbag designer in Paris and Samantha Futerman has continued working in film. Although the twin sisters still live in different countries, they stay in touch every day and regularly plan future meet-ups and both plan to learn Korean. “We’re not worried about being separated again, we know we’ll never let it happen,” said the sister who will forever share a lifetime bond. If you liked this article, don’t forget to SHARE it with friends! Sources: People Magazine, Korea Times, Daily Mirror UP NEXT Gunsmoke: Top Facts Behind The Longest-Lived Show on Television... 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