A GLAM mom has claimed she was banned from Tinder because she’s so hot people pretend she’s her.
Carly Johnson, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, says she’s been removed from the dating app because “jealous” users keep stealing her snaps from catfish singles.
Carly says she was bombarded with Instagram messages alerting her to about 20 “scammer” profiles using images she had posted to social media.
The 40-year-old claims she’s even been approached repeatedly by unknown men and women who say they’ve flirted with her on Tinder, Bumble and Badoo.
Now she says she’s been banned from having her own Tinder account, believing it’s because the platform thinks it’s one of many fake accounts.
A screenshot from Badoo shows a brazen person using their name and age, while another from Bumble even has a supposedly “verified” profile logo.
Bumble’s website claims that a profile is not verified until a selfie is taken, to determine if the person using the profile is the same person in the pictures.
While she finds the bizarre situation amusing, she is “embarrassed” to think about what the people claiming to be her are saying about their matches.
Carly’s tweet on the profiles called the use of her photos and details a “violation,” and users immediately agreed with her.
In response to their calls for increased photo verification when datingTinder insisted they would encourage every user to get their account blue ticked by verifying it with a “selfie video”.
Bumble Inc, which owns the dating site Bumble and Badoosay their photo verification and selfie request tools aim to prevent catfishing, although they acknowledge mistakes can happen and say they investigated the accounts in question and took “appropriate action”.
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They add that users can use the “Request Verification” feature to ask a user to get a blue tick before the game can message them.
Carly said: “Maybe these people are just jealous of how I look my age. They are weirdos.”
“People send me a screenshot of these fake profiles almost every week. They use my images to create a fake persona and attract other people.”
“I take it as a compliment because someone wants to use my photos.
“My own Tinder account got banned and I think that’s because there are so many fakes out there that people reported mine as fake but in reality it was real.”
“They’re going to say I’m a lot younger than me, so I’m super excited. I’m flattered that age 29 is being taken advantage of. I will.”.
“I laugh about it, but in a way it could be dangerous because if someone thinks they’re talking to me, you don’t know what that person is saying to them.”
“There was one on Badoo where they used mineName and age and that was a little creepy. They pretend to be me and the men out there might think they are actually talking to me.
“It’s embarrassing because they could talk to anyone.”
Carly says some of the profiles may even be run by men to get women’s attention and encourage them to send explicit pictures.
Carly said, “I had a lot of lesbians text me once that we spoke on a dating app, and one of them told me that the person pretending to be me was trying to get her to send nudes.”
“I think that was aThey pretend to be a gay woman and try to get her to send nude pictures.
Carly insists she asks whistleblowers to report all fake accounts, but says she didn’t know she could report them herself.
Tinder, meanwhile, has stated that Carly and other users can send screenshots of fake profiles to their customer service team, who will investigate the scammers.
The single says she uses dating app Bumble and prefers dating younger men because she’s “still 25 in her head” and looks younger than she is.
She made headlines earlier this week after revealing people were mistaking her and her 17-year-old daughterDouglas as sisters.
Carly’s angry tweet, explaining her fight against the fake billboards, read, “These dating apps should make you do facial recognition on signup because that’s THREE fake ones in TWO days.”
“I use my pictures. The image above right even uses mineName, that’s a bloody infraction.”
A spokesman for Bumble Inc, the parent company of Bumble and Badoo, said: “We value a safe and empowering community and implement counterfeit account prevention measures such as profile verification and AI detection.”
“Despite our best efforts, mistakes can happen. If we become aware of a fake account, we’ll investigate it immediately and if it’s found to be fake, our moderators will remove it from our apps. We strive to continuously improve our systems to make the platform more secure.”
“We strive to build a community where our members can feel safe, socialize, and form meaningful relationships. Every member of our community is expected to follow our guidelines whenever using any of our apps. Any profile that violates our terms or policies may result in the app being blocked.
“The accounts in question have been investigated and appropriate action has been taken in accordance with our Community Guidelines.”