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'Disturbing' Holly Carpenter says Tinder catfishes have been using her photos for '10 years'

The Dublin model took to Instagram on Tuesday to call out a fake profile on the dating app that was pretending to be her.

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Holly Carpenter

Holly Carpenter

Holly Carpenter

Former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter has said that people using her photos to catfish Tinder matches is “disturbing” and “freaks her out.”

The Dublin model took to Instagram on Tuesday to call out a fake profile on the dating app that was pretending to be her.

The Tinder imposter claims to be 21-year-old Sophie, who is living in Dublin and describes herself as a “materialistic girl who just wants to travel and make memories. Looking for the right partner to do it with” but used photos of Holly on her profile.

“Clearly, I’m 30 years old. It’s a bit of a stretch to say I’m 21 in the picture but I’ll take it,” she told sundayworld.com.

Holly revealed that people have been catfishing as her on dating apps for over a decade and admitted that, while she’s gotten used to it by now, it still makes her uncomfortable.

She explained: “This, realistically, has been happening since probably 2011 so I’m kind of used to it now at this stage. That’s when I won Miss Ireland so I was 19 or 20. I’ve had 10 years of it now.

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“Sometimes I’ll get screenshots of people saying, ‘Oh look, someone’s using your images.’ There’s not much I can really do because I’m not on Tinder so it’s nice that people will report the page for me. Usually, my followers are quite good for messaging me saying, ‘I’ve reported it.’

“But it can kind of freak me out a little bit because I don’t know what this person’s saying or who they are. Like, they could talk to someone for months and then arrange to meet up and they’ll think they’re meeting the person in the photo and it’s not them.

“It is strange and it could be anyone. I’d love to know the people who are doing it – that's always played in my mind. It is a bit creepy but I’ve become desensitised to it because it does happen quite a bit.”

Holly recalled one incident where she went to the guards after she found out that someone made a fake Tinder profile where they superimposed her face onto nude Page 3 models’ bodies.

“I found that really disturbing that my face was on a different girl’s body and the images were being sent. That really freaked me out.

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“That was years ago when dating apps were really new and they just said there was nothing they could really do.

"They couldn’t deal with this image abuse harassment back then and I’d like to think it would be much better if something like that was to happen now but it’s still weird.

“I think it’s way weirder if they’re genuinely pretending to be me because then they could say absolutely anything and someone could screenshot it and it looks like it’s me saying all this mad stuff.

“It does make me feel a bit powerless because there’s not anything I can do,” she added.

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