Nicola Bulley’s grieving family has faced fresh agony as online scammers have used photographs of her on a dating website.
The ghouls used Nicola’s photograph in fake online profiles, leaving her family heartbroken.
Nicola lost her life earlier this year when she drowned after falling in the River Wyre, St Michael’s, Lancashire. The Mirror reports that one family friend who had seen the fake profile called it “sick” and a source added: “The family have been made aware of this. They’ve already been through the most horrendous ordeal.”
The photos were taken from a police appeal shared at the time the mum-of-two went missing in January. The profile features on British dating site Smooch.com and are believed to be part of a so-called catfish scam where crooks use fake photos to lure in lonely men and women before they message them with demands for money and false promises of meeting up.
One of the profiles using Nicola’s photograph says she is a 46-year-old woman called Faustina. Another says she is a 41-year-old woman called Elorm. Both are supposedly from London.
The profiles featuring Nicola’s photograph are no longer on the site, but a source close to her family said lawyers would be informed.