Saturday 1 October 2016

'Fake Tinder profile of me was creepy'- Holly Carpenter

Sean O'Grady

Published 02/05/2016 | 10:47

Holly Carpenter at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Holly Carpenter at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: Michael Chester

Holly Carpenter has teamed up with Vogue Williams for a new documentary on catfishing - but has revealed her own experience with an online fake was "creepy".

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Holly (24) said she got together with Vogue to work on one of the TV star's new shows for RTE and now it looks like they are going to be tackling the hot topic facing many online daters.

The modern phenomenon of luring someone into an online relationship by using a fake persona has become all too commonplace on the internet and it has even spawned an MTV show of the same name.

And the topic is a very personal one for Holly who has previously been the victim of online impersonators. Someone pretended to be the former Miss Ireland on popular dating app Tinder last year and was even giving men a fake mobile phone number while still claiming to be her.

"It has happened a few times since Tinder started," she told the Diary.

"Last year, someone set up a fake Tinder of me and chatted to a few guys.

"They went further by giving them a mobile number with my photo as their WhatsApp profile picture."

"It got a bit out of hand and the whole thing was pretty embarrassing and creepy."

Holly has revealed the upcoming documentary will explore the more seedy aspects of the online world.

"Vogue is exploring the darker side of the internet and she will be chatting to various people who have had bad experiences with catfishing and online grooming."

Holly will be meeting with Vogue this week to begin filming on the episode. Vogue's documentary series debuted last year and there are more shows pencilled in for 2016.

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