A FITNESS coach has been “annoyed” after her dating profile used stolen images from her Instagram page.
Sarah Harker, 32, says she got excited at first after her friends discovered her on Tinder.
But when she shared the screenshot with her social media followers, many fake accounts using her image were exposed.
“I first got a text from my friend with a screenshot of my Tinder profile and I burst out laughing,” she said.
“If I’ll be honest, I’m more annoyed when they assume I’m 38. But when I shared that photo with my 7,000 Instagram followers, people started texting me saying that they’ve seen me on other sites.”
Sarah, who is in a happy relationship, added: “While it can be seen as a form of flattery, it’s also extremely dangerous for my business because people may believe that the This profile is my representative and I do not know what is being said in messages sent from these accounts.
“One text I got said this catfish was trying to arrange a meeting. That’s when I lost all sense of humor about it.”
In total, she discovered that 12 separate profiles were using pictures of her in a bikini and pictures of herself with her dogs – all pulled from her Instagram page that @sarahloukitchen.
“I was on Bumble and Hinge as well as Tinder,” she added.
“I find it disturbing to realize how dangerous this can be and how people can talk to these profiles and believe it’s me on the other side of them.
“I don’t want to think that my face could be used to put someone in a potentially dangerous situation.”
But when Sarah contacted the dating apps to let them know she was being impersonated, she claimed that she had been told by Tinder that they couldn’t do anything unless she was members and direct reports.
“I don’t have to be a member to be able to report a profile that fakes me,” sighed Sarah.
“I’m really concerned that these profiles could be established without using any form of identification.”
Sarah created an account to report any accounts she knew about but was worried that more accounts could pop up at any time.
“Knowing that there are very few protections in place when you’re being copied online makes me feel really strange about the world of social media,” she added.
“These platforms should implement more stringent security checks in this day and age to protect everyone involved.”
“If someone believes they are being impersonated on Tinder, they should contact our support team with the relevant details here.
“From there, our team will quickly search and remove any matching profiles.
“Additionally, we encourage our members to look for the ‘blue tick’, which indicates that the member’s profile photo is genuine and has been verified by Tinder through our Photo Verification program .”
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https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/4625548/woman-bikini-pics-used-dating-profiles-catfishers/ My bikini pictures were stolen and used by aquarists to make 12 fake dating profiles…it’s scary and disturbing