This genuine WhatsApp conversation began after a 'match' on Tinder and some conversation in the Tinder App. Susan (not her real name of course) has emailed us a copy of the WhatsApp conversation and given us permission to share the details of this catfisher.
We are working on finding the unsuspecting chap who has had his photographs stolen and used. There is no suggestion here that the photographs are genuine - we believe the person who is writing the messages has stolen them and is using them for their own advantage.
98% of you may wonder why the last two digits of the number are xx'd out. We'll leave you to ponder that.
23/10/2017 19:11:56: +44 7983 8565xx: Hi Susan
23/10/2017 19:13:39: SUSAN: Hi. How are you? Oh my word where is your profile photo taken? It looks fabulous…
23/10/2017 19:14:20: +44 7983 8565xx: Taken in Brazil
23/10/2017 19:15:57: SUSAN: That sounds exotic!
23/10/2017 19:19:29: +44 7983 8565xx: Send me few pics of you now
23/10/2017 19:22:58: +44 7983 8565xx: You are shy ?
24/10/2017 09:08:52: +44 7983 8565xx: With you in my life I don’t throw the alarm clock at the wall anymore because I can’t wait to get up. Remember today that I love you and can't wait to be in your arm kiss you baby
24/10/2017 18:47:00: +44 7983 8565xx: Hi Susan
24/10/2017 18:47:39: SUSAN: Hi - I got a really odd message from you earlier. I thought you must have been on the vodka?
24/10/2017 18:50:21: +44 7983 8565xx: Vodka? How? I only send you that so you can laugh. You needed to be more romantic
24/10/2017 18:51:41: SUSAN: We could all do with a bit more romance. How was your day? What did you get up to?
24/10/2017 18:53:05: +44 7983 8565xx: I am same time as yours Can we video chat tomorrow I want to be sure you are real
24/10/2017 18:54:22: SUSAN: That works two ways I want to be sure you are real too
24/10/2017 18:56:11: +44 7983 8565xx: So if I see you online I can be sure you are real and when you see me will you be sure am real
24/10/2017 18:57:45: SUSAN: Well not really but it's a good start isn't it?
24/10/2017 20:46:16: +44 7983 8565xx: Yes
24/10/2017 20:48:38: SUSAN: Ok let’s video tomorrow Mark
24/10/2017 20:51:31: +44 7983 8565xx: Kiss so what you doing
25/10/2017 10:11:15: +44 7983 8565xx: I may not be able to whisper sweet nothings into your ear at night but I can type them to you in the morning! I love you and do have a blissful day and a wonderful morning to you kiss
27/10/2017 09:06:11: +44 7983 8565xx: Good morning love Have you looked into the mirror yet? I hope not because I want you to look at yourself through my eyes and know how special you are. Just really soon my baby
29/10/2017 06:37:23: +44 7983 8565xx: Every morning you have the chance to decide whether you will be moody or full of joy. You’ll make the right choice. Best wishes on a lovely day and I know today will be a wonderful day for you my baby kiss
30/10/2017 22:06:51: +44 7983 8565xx: I needed your help
30/10/2017 22:07:22: SUSAN: What help?
30/10/2017 22:08:23: +44 7983 8565xx: I want to be home and needed someone to help with money for flight. Will pay in triple
30/10/2017 22:09:00: SUSAN: Oh dear. Do people really fall for this nonsense?
30/10/2017 22:09:11: +44 7983 8565xx: What nonsense I never say you should give me money. If you don't believe me then can we video chat tomorrow. Plz I only want to lend money. Do I look like a bad person
30/10/2017 22:11:06: SUSAN: I have NO idea what you look like
30/10/2017 22:11:19: +44 7983 8565xx: Can we video chat tomorrow and will you lend me plz all I needs is just for flight 840 pounds Plz
30/10/2017 22:12:08: SUSAN: You have zero chance of getting any money from me
30/10/2017 22:12:33: +44 7983 8565xx: Okay I can't force you and if you can lend me I will be paying back 2000
30/10/2017 22:14:29: +44 7983 8565xx: I will give you the address to go there and find out more about me
30/10/2017 22:14:34: SUSAN: I don’t care. Please go away.
So, let's work together here. The mobile number of the catfish person is shown above. He was active on UK Tinder in October 2017 using the pictures sent here again. Please do not confuse the poor guy in the pictures with the person writing. We are looking for the guy in the pictures to let him know that his images are being used in this way.
Do you have a catfish story? Leave a comment or send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's get more aware of how these con-people work and be as smart as Susan to put them down.
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