Woman discovers she is the victim of ‘catfishing’ on Tinder
WHEN Sam McCosker was sent screenshots of a Gladstone woman's Tinder account, she saw a very familiar face. The account, going by "Holly", had photos of Sam from her Instagram account.
Tinder is a popular online mobile dating app, in which users can swipe left to "pass" or swipe right to "like" randomised people who have been recommended to them by the program.
The Holly profile identified herself as a 23-year-old Gladstone resident, looking to make friends. Sam, who is in a committed relationship, from Yeppoon and has never logged into Tinder, was not impressed someone was pretending to be her on the hook-up application.
The act is commonly referred to as "catfishing"; a fake profile using false 'bait' to 'lure' in potential relationships.
"I do not have, nor have I ever had an account with Tinder," Sam said.
Evidently, my name is not Holly, I am not 23, I did not move to Gladstone, nor do I want to make 'friends' via Tinder."
"I was pretty concerned, and also a little embarrassed, but what was more concerning to me was that people could be potentially arranging to meet with this person, thinking it was going to be me, when in reality, the scenario could be a lot more dangerous."
Sam has since ensured her Instagram profile is "private", allowing only friends and family access to her photos.
The fake account is believed to still be active.
Social media law expert Roger Blow of Cove Legal said the act of taking a photo from social media was not necessarily illegal, due to the particular conditions a user agrees to when they sign up to websites like Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
Sam is asking anyone who comes across the profile to report it immediately.
She has already requested Tinder take down the profile. The company have told her to report the issue through Facebook.