A UK model is campaigning for catfishing to be made illegal after he found his picture was used in more than 40 different dating profiles online.
Manchester model Matt Peacock hired a private detective to confront one of the men who had stolen his identity after being contacted by a victim duped into sending explicit pictures.
He said he was determined to do something after a young woman said she was suicidal after realising she had been sending pictures to the wrong person.
“Quite a vulnerable girl, a young mum, she’d been talking to a catfish of mine for eight months. He’d kind of groomed her into sending some indecent videos, indecent pictures of herself which she wouldn’t really do, but she was at a low point in her life and it led her to wanting to commit suicide,” he said.
“Then she found out who I was, got in touch with me and told me the story and it was then that I decided I needed to do something about it.”