Anna Rowe, a teaching assistant from Rough Common, fell in love with the man after connecting through the popular dating app and believed she would marry him – only to learn almost a year later that he had a wife and children.The hoaxer even used a picture of a famous Bollywood actor to draw Anna in, continuing to use a fake name before casting her aside after a passionate relationship in which he asked her to marry him.“He constantly told me he loved me and sent me voice messages saying we would get through any obstacle that came our way,” she said.“He told me he couldn’t get through this without me. He would tell me how much it meant to him that he knew I was there for him, that I had his back.” Antony visit’s to Rough Common became infrequent.
Six months after their whirlwind affair, Anna has decided to go public with her story for one reason: she wants to change the law so that men or women who create fake profiles on internet dating sites in order to get sex can be prosecuted.
She signed up to various dating websites, including Tinder, which operates via a mobile phone application.
It wasn’t long before she was matched with a man called Antony Ray.
Creating a fake persona on the internet with the intention of duping others into a relationship is known as “catfishing”. Using a fake profile and online identity as a platform to lure women or men for sex should be illegal, but it’s not.
“The result is the other party believing they are beginning a real relationship with the hope of a future together and having sex is part of that believed relationship.” Anna has launched her campaign with an online petition.