Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Coronation Street's Kym shares her own experiences of 'Catfishing'.

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog April 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

As Coronation Street tackle the storyline about Sally Metcalfe's online troll, Kym Marsh spoke to Loose Women yesterday about her own real-life nightmare of 'catfishing'.

Catfishing is to lure someone into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona.

Kym told Loose Women yesterday: 'I knew there were fake profiles of me on social media – to a certain extent you expect it a little bit. But this one particular day I came home to a bunch of flowers on the doorstep of my home with a card that said, "Sorry you couldn’t make the date, hope you’re better soon" with kisses and no name. 

'The police did find out who it was, they contacted the guy and he thought he’d been having a relationship with me for the last ten years,' Kym added.

'He said that originally they’d been talking over social media and then this person had been texting and stuff as well and claiming to be me.  It was really creepy… to have somebody at your home.'

This is really horrible stuff and it was brave of Kym to speak up on live TV about this going on in her personal life.

Her own daughter Emilie has also suffered online fake profiles and Kym said: 'It’s dangerous. Really dangerous.'

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