Tuesday 6 December 2016

Former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter left reeling by Tinder imposter and fake naked pics

Sharon McGowan

Published 22/06/2015 | 13:30

Holly Carpenter was impersonated on Tinder
Holly Carpenter was impersonated on Tinder
Holly Carpenter
Holly Carpenter

Model Holly Carpenter has revealed she went to the Gardai after discovering someone was pretending to be her on a dating app.

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The former Miss Ireland (23) was left reeling when she found an internet troll had stolen her pictures and used her name to create an account on online dating website Tinder.

"I got a mail on Facebook from a guy I didn't know. He messaged me a few times and after I didn't reply he said 'how come you'll talk to me on Tinder but not on Facebook?'," she told the Herald.

"I replied and told him that I wasn't on Tinder and he said that he had been talking to me for months on it and he had been texting me as well.

"He sent me the number, and the person is using my name and picture for their Whatsapp profile as well, so it looks like it's me that people are texting.

"He had been messaging them for months and they were saying God knows what," she added.

Nasty

Things took a turn for the worse when the Dublin model confronted the culprit.

"I've messaged, asking them to stop and they started getting nasty about it," she explained.

"They were ringing me in the middle of the night and sending me constant messages, I ended up going to the Gardai - I was so freaked out," she said.

Holly also discovered the person had been sending fake naked pictures of her. She reported the number and complaint to the gardai.

"A girl I'm friends with on Facebook messaged me to say someone was texting her pretending to be me," she explained

"I don't know if it was the same person, but they were messaging her saying that I wanted to get a boob job and to send pictures of hers so that I could show them to a surgeon.

"When she said no, they sent a picture back where they had photoshopped my head on to a topless picture.

"They're going to a lot of effort to convince people that it's me, and that's scary," she added.

The former beauty queen said she has been left "embarrassed" by the culprit and is adamant to find the imposter posing as her.

"At the start I thought it was funny, but if they have said anything or if they have sent any pictures people would pass it around, it's embarrassing for me," she said.

"The thoughts that things like this were going around and people could think it was me was the final straw."

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