Tuesday 27 September 2016

Holly Carpenter joins Tinder after reporting her online impersonator to the Gardai: ‘I might as well make an account seeing as there are two fake ones already on it’

Published 09/08/2015 | 10:59

Holly Carpenter pictured at The Unilever Personal Care Summer Festival at The Morrison Hotel, Dublin
Holly Carpenter pictured at The Unilever Personal Care Summer Festival at The Morrison Hotel, Dublin
Holly Carpenter at Longitude in Dublin
Holly Carpenter Miss University in 2011
Jeans and a top: Holly Carpenter
Holly Carpenter at the VIP Style Awards 2015

Holly Carpenter has joined Tinder despite an online ordeal in which she was impersonated by a user in Cork.

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The model sought the help of the Gardai earlier this year when she discovered her photographs were stolen by a user on the dating app who was pretending to be Holly.

“After my ordeal, where someone was impersonating me on Tinder, I decided to give the app a go,” She wrote in her column in The Irish Sun.

“I thought I might as well set up an account – seeing as there are two fake accounts of me on it already,” she said.

Holly, who ended her relationship with rugby ace Cian Egan last summer, revealed that the Gardai are limited in what they can do with fake online dating accounts.

“It seems to me that the guards have a lot on their plate and I’m not really being taken seriously,” said Holly.

Holly Carpenter at Longitude in Dublin
Holly Carpenter at Longitude in Dublin
Holly Carpenter pictured at The Unilever Personal Care Summer Festival at The Morrison Hotel, Dublin
Holly Carpenter Miss University in 2011
Jeans and a top: Holly Carpenter
Holly Carpenter at the VIP Style Awards 2015

“The guard I was talking to wasn’t really familiar with Tinder and I found out myself it’s someone from Cork. I have their mobile number and their location but it seems to be the hardest thing in the world to track them down.

“They’re not technically committing a crime even though they are impersonating me.

“It’s crazy. I met a really nice guard who is trying to help me out and get the account deactivated but even if they deactivate the account they’re still texting people pretending to be me so it’s embarrassing,” said Holly.

Despite the ordeal, Holly revealed that she is enjoying the app but isn’t sure it’s the right way to find love.

“I don’t like the idea of meeting a complete stranger on a date. I just kept matching with guys I already know just for the craic. I don’t really think it’s for me but having said that I still haven’t deactivated it,” she said.

Holly Carpenter Miss University in 2011
Holly Carpenter Miss University in 2011
Holly Carpenter pictured at The Unilever Personal Care Summer Festival at The Morrison Hotel, Dublin
Holly Carpenter at Longitude in Dublin
Jeans and a top: Holly Carpenter
Holly Carpenter at the VIP Style Awards 2015

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