A FORMER glamour model revealed how a random stranger falsely believed he had been engaging in sexually explicit conversations with her online.
Edelle Notte from The Lough explained that a fake Tinder account had led a man she never met to believe they had been forging a relationship online.
The former Miss Bikini Cork, who previously appeared on UK dating show Take Me Out, said she only found out about the bogus account by chance.
“Someone told me that I had matched with their friend on Tinder and the conversation wasn’t exactly clean,” she explained.
“They said they were surprised that I matched with this person. They showed me a picture of the guy and I had never seen him in life.
“It turned out that he had been asking me for my number and had wondered why I didn’t want to give it to him.
“While I am on Tinder it was clear this was coming from a separate fake account. I was grateful to be told and contacted Tinder straight away but they have no way of tracking who this might be.”
Edelle confessed this isn’t the first time she has encountered so-called catfish.
“A couple of years ago I had someone message me online asking why I hadn’t been in contact with them for so long.
“It turned out he had been conversing with a person claiming to be me for a number of months. This is something that has been going on for years. However, it was only recently that they crawled out of the woodwork again.”
She said that the stories she’s heard from friends and acquaintances have been even more outrageous.
“I know of one woman who had a man turn up at her door for a date who she had never met before. Other friends of mine are married and still found fake accounts claiming to be them on Tinder.”
The 34-year-old, who modelled for publications such as Zoo Magazine, added that legislation needs to be changed to protect catfishing online.
“My generation was the first to engage in social media platforms.
“Back then we were the guinea pigs. People thought it was safe to accept requests from someone with mutual friends. Nobody ever thought this was going to happen.”
Edelle said she still has no idea who the culprit might be.
“The only clue I have is that it may be someone I’m friends with on Facebook as the photos they used were up to date. It could be a scorned ex or someone I barely know.
“I’d imagine it’s someone I’m not that close too.”
She expressed concern for the mental health of the person responsible.
“Whoever’s doing this is putting in a lot of time and energy into creating these fake profiles. However, if nobody knows who they are they can’t get the help they need.”
She urged other women to be vigilant when setting up their Tinder accounts.
“I would advise users to for the highest privacy settings they can.”