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Woman Who Got Catfished Decided To Track Down The Man From The Impostor’s Profiles For A Date

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Those of us who have spent time on any of the dating apps that exist today have certainly seen plenty of weirdness. When you meet online people in real life, it can get even weirder.

You might be familiar with “catfishing,” a term that describes the act of crafting a false persona online in efforts to meet potential partners.

That’s what happened here, but you won’t believe the twist…

Logging On For Love

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Emma Perrier was 33 years old and lived near the French Alps when she decided to try online dating. Her job was very demanding, making it tough to meet new people.

Taking The First Step

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After creating an account with Zoosk, Emma hoped that she’d set things in motion. “I am a romantic,” she later told The Atlantic. “I love to love and I want to be loved, too.”

 

Meeting Someone With Potential

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Soon after, she crossed digital paths with an Italian man named Ronnie Scicluna. They exchanged messages for hours; she learned that he worked in England.

 

Assuming A False Identity

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It didn’t take long for things to switch up and get strange, though. After chatting for so long, Emma ended up learning that “Ronnie” didn’t exist at all.

 

Snake In The Grass

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Alan Stanley was a man in his early fifties when he created his Zoosk account following a divorce. Instead of posting photos of himself, he tracked down a disguise.

 

She’d Spotted A Catfish

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That disguise was the person who Emma had been messaging. She found the man in the photographs with a reverse image search and realized that she’d been catfished.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

 

Tracking Down The Real Thing

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Adem Guzel was a model and actor from Turkey. He arranged a video chat with Emma to discuss the foolery that she’d uncovered, and he was understandably angry at the older man.

 

Meeting For The First Time

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Adem and Emma kept in touch, but not as friends. The pair hit it off and things turned romantic a few months later! It’s worth noting that Emma first met Adem at the airport on April Fool’s Day in 2017. He’d flown into the Heathrow Airport in London.

“Three minutes later,” he said, he felt like he’d known her for much longer.

 

Reconciling The Real With The Fake

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Emma admitted that it took some time to adjust to this new man. He wasn’t the fictitious Ronnie with whom she’d talked to for so long. In reality, he wasn’t even anything like Ronnie—quite the opposite, actually.

 

How One Catfish Became Cupid

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The couple had already lived in London for half a year by the time their story was featured in tabloids and news outlets all over the world.

“He’s lovely,” she told The Atlantic. “He’s a lovely man.”

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