Words: Eva O’Beirne
Senator Mark Daly was made aware of the scam after he was contacted by a news website investigating the claims.
Stuff, a New Zealand news outlet reported that several women had been conned out of millions of dollars through a Tinder scam, with one woman being fooled by a fake profile of the senator.
Under the alias of Rodney Mullen, the catfish even sent a fake passport to convince the woman that he was real. She subsequently sent the catfish half a million euro.
Daly was shocked when Stuff called him on Monday evening and sent him the article about Donna and some of the photos of him she was sent.
“Oh Christ OK… what the hell is that for?… I’m not a US citizen for a start…,” he said while looking at the photos.
Mark Daly told The Irish Times on Sunday that the matter had been referred to Gardaí.
“I am obviously horrified at the idea that unbeknown to me my image could be used in such awful activity, especially where people have been defrauded. I am genuinely shocked that my picture could be taken and used like this,” he said.
“Unfortunately, I don’t know any more about how this happened at this moment but my hope is that the authorities will get to the bottom of this as soon as possible.”
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