Woman warns cyber stalker who stole her identity to impersonate lesbian on Tinder dating app in Milton Keynes

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A woman has lived in fear after a mysterious cyber stalker stole her identity to create a profile on the dating app Tinder.

The man, who is said to be in his 40s and originally from the Emerson Valley area, bizarrely impersonated a lesbian to attract women.

He sort of got the personal details and photos of a 28-year-old MK woman called Faith – who has a stable relationship with her boyfriend and deleted her Tinder account years ago.

The woman wants to raise awareness about identity fraud on dating apps. Photo: Generic editorial image for illustrative purposes, Shutterstock

Worryingly, one of the photos he used was never posted on Faith’s social media and the offender was only able to acquire it by somehow hacking her phone. .

“It was a photo taken recently during a break in Scotland. It’s scary to think he must have taken it off my phone,” Faith said.

“And why would a man pretend to be a lesbian looking for women anyway?” Is he trying to trick them into meeting him? Surely his intentions can only be sinister? she said.

The fraud was revealed when one of Faith’s friends spotted the Tinder profile and immediately recognized Faith in the photos.

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“My friend is a lesbian and this profile was pointed out in my name as a woman seeking women. She knew it couldn’t be me and was immediately suspicious so she started asking questions.”

Sending online messages through the app, the friend asked Tinder ‘Faith’ for her zodiac sign. The response gave the right sign.

She then asked about pets and, to her horror, the Respondent named Faith’s own beloved cat. Eventually the friend asked for a phone number.

There was additional concern when Tinder’s location checks placed the identity thief on Emerson Valley – just a few miles from Faith MK’s home.

Faith said: “I called the number given to my friend and a man answered. He had a really gruff voice and sounded in his forties. He certainly didn’t sound like a young man or a teenager who was maybe doing to be that for a farce.

“I asked him what he was doing using my details for a fake profile. He refused to answer and simply ended the call.”

It is believed that the phone was a “burner” and is now out of service. The fake profile has also been deleted.

Faith reached out to Tinder, which was very helpful, she said. She also called the police, who advised her to contact Action Fraud.

“Action Fraud said unfortunately nothing could be done. They said police can only investigate cases of identity theft when they involve damage or theft of money or property as a result of fraud… They advised me to call 999 if I felt threatened by this person at any time. “

She added: “I don’t feel safe. It’s so strange and scary to think that someone has access to so much of my personal data and photos. If they’ve managed to hack my phone, know. where I live, for example?

“The fact that he even knows details like my cat’s name is scary too. Yes, I posted details about my cat on Instagram but I didn’t mention her name.”

The fake profile even listed Faith’s true interests – including stand-up comedy and specific music.

“These were once listed on a Tinder account that I created for a short time in 2016. But I disabled it years ago – I have a stable boyfriend and I don’t need to application, ”she said.

Faith approached the MK Citizen because she wants her story told to raise awareness about identity theft on dating apps.

“Nothing prevents him from creating a new Tinder profile, or going to another dating site / app, I don’t know if he still sends messages to women or if he arranges to meet them” , she said.

She also wants to challenge the laws surrounding identity theft.

“Apparently a fraudulent purchase will be processed, but there is absolutely nothing preventative to protect myself or others,” she added.

“I certainly didn’t know it wasn’t a crime despite this man actively hunting women. I just think it’s something all women should be aware of.”


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