AN ex-topless model has told of her difficult battle against fraudsters who use her raunchy pictures to ‘catfish’ people online.
Jessica Davies, 26, from Aberystwyth, Wales, used to make around £1,000 per photoshoot for magazines including Zoo.
Now those pictures are being circulated online by people who are trying to get into relationships and even get money from love struck online daters.
The hard-to-police crime is known as ‘catfishing‘ and thousands file police reports every year.
Jessica said usually criminals use her pictures to target the vulnerable like older men looking for long-distance love.
But she struggles as they not only use her pictures, but ones including her family members, to make their online dating profiles look more realistic.
And now her quest to pursue a full-time career in blogging and vlogging is interrupted by people contacting her, saying they have seen her photo’s.
Jessica said: “[In] the last few days I have had six different people message me to say that they have found my pictures online.
Only yesterday a gentleman told me that the person was telling him that he wanted to have kids with him.
“I only find out because people have done their research and they find my Instagram and they contact me on there,” she said.
“There’s so many platforms and because I am not on them I can’t really do anything about it as I can’t report them because I haven’t got an account.
“A gentleman from America sent thousands of pounds to a person thinking he was sending the money to me for flight tickets.
“Only yesterday a gentleman told me that the person was telling him that he wanted to have kids with him.
‘CAN YOU SEND ME £100?’
“He got on quite a personal level with it, I think they think they have built this relationship with me,” she added.
“It’s been happening for years to be honest, I get messages from people on Facebook and Instagram to say that they have found people using my pictures.
“People use different platforms such as Instagram, Tinder, Hangouts, Plenty of Fish, Kik – they are trying to get money out of people by using my pictures.”
She believes her identity has been stolen more than 100 times, but is starting to accept that she might not be able to stop it from happening.
“My friend is in Australia at the moment and he sent me a screenshot of a Tinder profile of someone using my pictures.
“Someone else has set up an account and they followed all my followers and messaged them saying this is my new account and tried to get them to send them money.
“I have seen screenshots from people saying ‘can you send me £100 I need the money for tonight. I promise I will send it back to you,” she explained.
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She added: “It happens on such a large scale. All you need is an email address and you can be whoever you want to be.
“Its out of control, you don’t know who you are speaking to.
“My family and friends think its bizarre, its not something that you think would happen.”
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