Having your photo appropriated by a dating website fraudster seems to be the latest measure of true celebrity status.
Last week adult model Briana hit the headlines after some of her pictures were used to con a lonely pensioner out of £20,000.
Now, today, it has emerged that fakers are using a portrait of comedian Shappi Khorsandi to lure in unwary suitors.
Shappi shared the image on Twitter, saying “Excited to report that my picture has been used by a dating site scammer in the USA. It’s for those who have a fetish for unbrushed, balayanged (look it up. What am I? Your hairdresser?) hair.”
Ironically, Shappi met her current partner on Tinder
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Shappi discovered the deception after a fan posted the fake ad on her Facebook page.
She told The Mirror she’s not angry about the deception: “I think it’s funny!
“I met my current boyfriend on Tinder and that’s one of the pictures I used.
“People were always messaging me in Tinder saying ‘why are you using pictures of Shappi Khorsandi’ so even I have been accused of being a fake profile!”
She also, helpfully, explains the term ‘balayanged’ – “It means ‘make it look like her roots need doing and charge her £200 for it’.”
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As well as being one of the UK’s top standups and a successful author, Shappi is a familiar face on TV, popping up on everything from Question Time to I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
Shappi’s new standup tour, Skittish Warrior, confessions of a club standup’ starts in February. For more information on venues and ticket click here .
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