Beloved BBC comedian used in catfish dating scam aimed at unsuspecting singletons

Virgin Radio

9 Jul 2024, 12:14

Credit: Rex

The BBC star joins a list of other celebrities who have had their details snatched by deceivers.

It seems not even the comedic charm of our favourite TV stars can escape the treacherous waters of online dating scams.

In a move that might make even Tinderella blush, beloved BBC comedian Bob Mortimer has become the latest victim in a catfishing scheme targeting unsuspecting singletons.

Yes, you read that right—Bob Mortimer, the man who has us in stitches with his antics on shows like Would I Lie to You? and Gone Fishing, has had his information and pictures swiped by some cunning deceivers.



Fans have sad theory about Phoebe's triplets in Friends

Vogue Williams' husband Spencer Matthews once 'messaged Lewis Capaldi to play' for them

Sir Keir Starmer opens up about ‘regret’ over relationship with father


The TV legend, who has been happily hitched to Lisa Matthews since 2015 after a lengthy two-decade courtship, found himself unwillingly thrust into the world of swipes and likes.

The Sun has uncovered that Mortimer, 65, had his details stolen by fraudsters pretending to be him on the popular dating app Tinder, which boasts a staggering 2.4 million UK users according to Ofcom.

The audacious catfishers even gave him a cheeky new alias—Kyle—and, as if that wasn't enough, knocked 15 years off his age.

Fear not, The Sun reports that the bogus profile has since been deleted after Tinder's vigilant bosses swooped in like knights in shining armour, once alerted to the scam.

Credit: Tinder/Getty

The fake profile described the comedian as a 'big time texter' on the lookout for a long-term companion.

The impostor even claimed that Bob, who underwent a triple heart bypass nine years ago, works out 'every day' and enjoys yoga, meditation, theatre, and café-hopping. We can just picture Bob in a downward dog now!

In a delightful nod to his hit series Gone Fishing with Paul Whitehouse, the fraudulent profile also mentioned that Bob kept fish as pets.

The scammers spared no effort in crafting a convincing profile, using photos from his official Instagram account.

One image featured Bob enjoying a football game with a pal in March 2023, while another showed him tucking into a mammoth portion of fish and chips, grinning as he liberally applied vinegar.

A spokesperson for Tinder told The Sun: "Catfishing is a violation of our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use, and users who are discovered catfishing are removed from our platform.

"If someone believes they are being impersonated on Tinder, they should contact our support team with relevant details here, which is available to anyone regardless of whether they use Tinder. From there, our team will promptly search for and remove any matching profile."

Tinder also encouraged users to look for the 'blue tick,' which signifies that the user's age and likeness have been verified through their Photo and ID Verification programmes.

This verification can be requested by any user prior to messaging.

Bob Mortimer now joins a star-studded roster of celebrities who have been ensnared in similar ploys.

TV presenter Laura Whitmore, married to Love Island's narrator Iain Stirling, publicly denied having a Tinder account back in 2017.

Radio host Emma Louise Jones was equally horrified to discover a rogue profile with her images claiming she was 'looking for fun.'

Even Olympic swimmer and BBC pundit Sharron Davies got caught up in the online dating chaos, with a fake account purporting she was seeking 'someone nice to share adventures with.'

So, if you’re swiping right tonight, be on the lookout for cheeky impostors.