“The result is the other party believing they are beginning a real relationship with the hope of a future together and having sex is part of that believed relationship.” Anna has launched her campaign with an online petition.
The former Barton Court Grammar School pupil was married and divorced in her 20s and then had two children with another man.
He said he was single, solvent, honest, genuine, not afraid of commitment. He clearly stated it was more than sex he wanted, it was a meaningful relationship, passionate one-to-one.” His profile picture was Antony’s first deceit. It was in fact a photograph of the Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan.
Six months after their whirlwind affair, Anna has decided to go public with her story for one reason: she wants to change the law so that men or women who create fake profiles on internet dating sites in order to get sex can be prosecuted.
Creating a fake persona on the internet with the intention of duping others into a relationship is known as “catfishing”. Using a fake profile and online identity as a platform to lure women or men for sex should be illegal, but it’s not.
Work, his unwell mother and a troubled son were apparently getting in the way of their relationship.
By September of last year Anna sensed all was not well.
“This man used me like a personal hotel with benefits under the guise of wanting the romantic, loving relationship he knew I craved,” she said. I did not consent to having a relationship with a married man, or a man who was actively having relations with multiple women simultaneously.” Anna met ‘Antony Ray’, a businessman who frequently went abroad, on Tinder, which states that its users must not provide “information that is false or misleading”.
They embarked on a passionate relationship which lasted less than a year – until she found out that he was not who he said he was.
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“He told me he couldn’t get through this without me. He would tell me how much it meant to him that he knew I was there for him, that I had his back.” Antony visit’s to Rough Common became infrequent.
He arrived on May 3 – the last time Anna would see him for five months until she confronted him about his lies.
The distance, the lack of the contact, the unanswered phone calls. She took action and reloaded the Tinder app to her phone.