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WATCH: Kym Marsh talks openly about 'catfishing'

Kym Marsh Photo: ITV Loose Women

By Kyle Zabawa

Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh has backed a campaign to criminalise so-called 'catfishing'.

The soap star shared her experience as a victim of the online trend on LooseWomen on Wednesday.She revealed that someone had used pictures taken from social media to assume her identity and communicate with others.

Kym said

I knew there were fake profiles of me on social media. It sounds like a strange thing to say but to certain degree you expect it a little bit because of the job that I do.

But this one particular day I came home and there was a bunch flowers on my doorstep with a card that said ‘Sorry you couldn’t make the date. Hope you’re better soon’ with kisses. But no name, nothing.“My boyfriend was like ‘oh yeah?’.

So we went to the florist to find out who they were from and they couldn’t tell me because of client confidentiality so then we got the police and they did find out who it was.

They contacted this guy and the guy thought he’d been having a relationship with me for the past 10 years.

– Kym Marsh

A ‘catfish’ lies about their identity and uses someone else’s pictures and details to create fake online profiles.It is not currently illegal to pose as someone else online.

With 1 in 5 relationships now starting online, people using the Internet to find love are at an increased risk of being deceived.Private Investigator Rebecca Jane from female private investigation company The Lady Detective Agency who is fronting the campaign said:

If you do find out that you are being catfished, goto the police.

The more people that knock on their door and say, ‘this has happened to me,help me’, the more the law and the police are going to have to do something about it.

It’s a really vicious circle, but if we don’t do something about it now what is the future for our children?

– Rebecca Jane