'Catfish' Victim Fighting For Law Change

2 October 2018, 12:57 | Updated: 2 October 2018, 13:17

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A woman, lied to online by a man from Yorkshire wants the law around 'catfishing' to be made tougher.

Anna Rowe was 'catfished' by a man from Yorkshire - who also dated and catfished 14 other women.
 
Catfishing is when someone lies about their identity and pursues a relationship under false pretences.
 
She told Heart: "He was everything and more than he'd portrayed himself to be.
 
"He was this really kind, humble, really wonderful human being and I felt really lucky to have met him
 
"It's this really clever, cruel emotional manipulation that takes place."
 
Anna's catfish lied about his life, created a fake name and a whole life to deceive the women he was dating.
 
She believes his behaviour can be classed as 'adult grooming'.
 
She's now trying to get the law changed around catfishing - so people can be punished for their actions adding: "It's not something that's really recognised at all.
 
"It's the exact same method paedophile's use when grooming children.
 
"It's building trust, befriending and creating this fantasy story - all so that they can exploit you."
 
Anna's dedicated to spreading awareness about catfishing to stop what happened to her being repeated.