Kym Marsh reveals greatest fear after her catfish scam

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

Coronation Street's Kym Marsh is continuing her campaign to make catfishing illegal after being the victim of a scam herself.

The British Soap Award winner revealed for the first time on Loose Women last week that someone pretending to be her carried on a ten-year online relationship with a man she'd never actually met.

Not only that, Kym's daughter Emilie continuously has fake profiles using her name and picture put on dating sites while others have even pretended to be relatives of the soap star.

In her latest column on OK Magazine, Kym said she planned to continue leading the charge to make catfishing scams a criminal offence in the UK.

"The campaign to stop catfishing has gathered momentum since my appearance on Loose Women last week," she wrote. "I love going on the show but I was a bit nervous as I was talking about something serious and I really wanted to get my message across clearly.

"There's been a good response and lots of people have tweeted me to say that it should be made illegal to impersonate someone on social media."

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Kym also admitted that her own experience has left emotional scars, especially since she's never been able to figure out who was behind the scam.

"I found out I'd been a victim of catfishing after a man delivered flowers to my house, believing he'd been in a relationship with me for ten years," she recalled.

"The person who pretended to be me, who spent a decade messaging and duping the guy, got away with it – I don't even know who they are! For all I know, they could still be doing it. It's very odd and quite scary."

Read the full story in this week's OK! Magazine - out today (Tuesday, April 11).

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