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Woman Catfished 25 Times In One Year Dating On Plenty Of Fish

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Woman Catfished 25 Times In One Year Dating On Plenty Of Fish

A mum has opened up about how she was 'catfished' 25 times in one year during a disastrous period of dating on Plenty of Fish.

Mum-of-two Samantha Thorne, 42, signed up to the dating app after she got divorced for the second time, and started out pretty confidently after she matched with a number of dishy dudes.

However, she quickly realised that they weren't actually real, and she was just getting 'catfished' by men who had profiles that didn't match up to themselves exactly or - in some cases - at all.

In fact, she went for a drink with a man whose profile was so different she didn't realise she'd already been on a date with him in the past.

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That said, after initially getting put off, she started back up again last year and met the man who is now her partner, 55-year-old David Tyson.

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Now, in happier times, she's revisited her 'dating diary' to write a book about her tumultuous dating experience.

Samantha, from Dartford, said: "I decided I'd give it a go - I was looking seriously because I wanted to find someone to settle down with.

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"When I first started, I trusted everyone would be who they said they were - but the more people I spoke to, the more I learned people are not always who they say they are.

"It was a strange time in my life - it was fun at times, but you definitely need a thick skin.

"But I've got my happy ending now with my new man - so I won't be using dating websites again!"

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During 2017, Samantha went on dates about twice each week, and was inundated with messages. However, it became clear quite fast that she was just attracting a lot of catfish.

On one such date, she dated an undercover swinger, who took her on a 'really good' date and seemed 'normal, kind, and interesting' before suggesting that they attend a swingers' club to swap around with other attendees.

She explained: "When he said there was somewhere he wanted to take me, I envisioned a nice restaurant - but he told me he 'wanted to get other people involved'.

"I thought it was a joke at first because he'd never even hinted - if that's your interest it's the kind of thing you should mention on your profile!

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"I was pretty disappointed because we got on so well at first."

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Then, she encountered a man who claimed to be a wealthy model, but a reverse image search proved otherwise.

A friend encouraged her to do some digging, and sure enough, he wasn't who he said he was.

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Samantha added: "I had been sucked in - but it became clear his story was fake after we began digging.

"He sensed I'd figured it out and blocked me straight away - so I have no idea who I was speaking to for a week of my life!"

Aside from all that, the biscuit was well and truly taken by the man that had a profile so different she forgot she'd met him before.

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Credit: SWNS

She said: "I walked into the bar to meet him and as soon as I saw him, even with his back to me, I knew I'd met him for a date about seven years earlier.

"I was adamant we'd met before - but when I pointed it out, he argued against me and accused me of lying!

"There had been no initial attraction or chemistry back then, and there still wasn't the second time round.

"Plus, he clearly didn't remember me from the last time, which made it very awkward."

Luckily, she eventually met David and is now happy in her relationship. Over the course of the lockdown she chronicled her experiences in her book A Year in the Life of Internet Dating.

She concluded: "I've definitely found my happy ending - but I'm pleased I will never need to use internet dating sites any more.

"It's been enough for a lifetime!"

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Topics: UK News, Dating, Interesting, Weird

Tom Wood
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