Irish Senator Mark Daly said he was “really shocked” to learn his picture was used to scam women on the dating app
An Irish senator is ‘horrified’ to learn photos of him on a Tinder profile have been used to scam women out of thousands of euros.
Mark Daly, a Fianna Fáil politician, said he was “unaware” that his picture was being used by a scammer on the online dating app for “such horrible activity, especially where people have been scammed”. Irish mirror reports.
“I’m really shocked that my picture could be taken and used like this,” he said.
The Kerry local was first alerted to the scam by a New Zealand publication Thingswhich revealed that two New Zealand women had been tricked into handing over more than £258,000 (NZ$500,000) each to the men they met through the dating site.
Joanna* says she was scammed by a man named Dale Plumides, who sent a series of photos he claimed to be him and his family, as well as fake videos.
As it turned out, the pictures were actually those of Mark Cain, a 54-year-old Dallas real estate agent, Stuff reports.
Donna*, on the other hand, was allegedly sent pictures of Irish Senator Mark Daly.
Mark was contacted by Stuff and was stunned at the thought his picture had been used in a scam.
“Oh god, OK… what the hell is that for? … First off, I’m not a US citizen…” he told Stuff at the time.
Mark told the Irish Times on Sunday that the matter had been referred to Gardai, the Republic of Ireland’s national police service.
“Unfortunately, at the moment I don’t know how this happened, but I hope the authorities get to the bottom of it as soon as possible,” he said.
Joanne told Stuff it was clear the scam affected many people, not just the women affected.
“I feel so sorry for these men who had no idea their photos were being used in this way.”
Mark Daly has served as Seanad Eireann’s Cathaoirleach since June 2020.
Since July 2007 he has been Senator of the Management Committee.
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Tinder has been used by successful scammers in the past.
Michael Higgins used Tinder and Bumble to find love and claimed to be a wealthy businessman with multiple luxury homes and cars.
But the 39-year-old had previously been convicted of tricking people into buying cheap electronics, taking the money and then failing to deliver the items. The Daily Record reports.
A Portsmouth man who has been compared to the infamous “Tinder scammer” has cheated a millionaire out of nearly £150,000 but has still not repaid her as he allegedly does not have access to his Bitcoin fortune.
*The identity of the victims has been kept anonymous
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