Friday 2 December 2016

Holly Carpenter on her Tinder imposter: 'It’s not my problem whatever is going on in your life'

Published 17/07/2015 | 12:33

Holly Carpenter at the Best of Dublin awards at Kilmainham.
Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Holly Carpenter at the Best of Dublin awards at Kilmainham. Pic: Justin Farrelly.

Holly Carpenter has said that a lack of confidence is not an excuse to pretend to be someone else online and urged a Cork Tinder user who is impersonating her to delete their account.

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Photographs of the Irish model have been used to create an account on online dating app Tinder, which is being used to communicate with single Irish men.

Holly Carpenter at the launch of the Corona Extra Sunset Sessions at the Morgan Hotel,Dublin.
Picture:Brian Mcevoy
Holly Carpenter at the launch of the Corona Extra Sunset Sessions at the Morgan Hotel,Dublin. Picture:Brian Mcevoy

The model revealed that her features have been photo-shopped onto a topless picture and sent to various people through texting app Whatapp which prompted her to confront the person behind the fake account.

“I confronted the person because someone gave me their mobile number. I said ‘Can you just stop this?,” said Holly speaking to the Anton Savage Show on Today FM.

“They haven’t stopped but at the time they just said: ‘Look Holly, I don’t get much attention from guys. I was loving getting attention. It was nice to interact with people on Tinder because I don’t get that when I go out’

“And I was like ‘Listen I don’t care! You need to delete this Tinder. It’s not my problem whatever is going on in your life and stop pretending to be me’.

Holly Carpenter
Holly Carpenter

“Then they got quite nasty and started asking me things about my personal life and they started ringing me at four in the morning.

“I had to block the number,” she said.

Holly Carpenter announced as face of LaurynRose.com - the jewellery brand donates 10% of every sale to the LauraLynn Childrens Hospice
Holly Carpenter announced as face of LaurynRose.com - the jewellery brand donates 10% of every sale to the LauraLynn Childrens Hospice

The model has reported the activity to the guards but said they haven’t taken her case seriously.

“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 Miss University in 2011
Holly Carpenter Miss University in 2011

“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.

The model revealed that she felt sorry for a man who believed he had been texting the model for months but instead was communicating with the imposter.

 “I think people actually think it’s me. I feel bad for the guy who thought he was actually chatting away with me for months. He said we’ve been talking for months.

“Anyone who knows me would know that I wouldn’t be trying to chat to people on Tinder. It’s not my style,” said Holly.

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