A middle-aged lawyer has denied that he pretended to be a young woman in order to persuade a real woman to date him.
Ciara McShane received a message this week from a 'woman' called 'Ellie Connell' informing her, "My lawyer mate fancies you something so improper it's funny".
'Connell' quickly agreed to provide details of 'her’ mate.
'Connell' told McShane that the besotted lawyer was 39. After 'Connell' described him as "too old anyway", and checked McShane's age, 'she' provided a photo of him which linked to the man's LinkedIn profile. RollOnFriday is not publishing his details.
Because real people with no skeevy intentions often contact women out of the blue asking 'Just how old are you?'
McShane said her suspicions were raised about the veracity of 'Connell' because the other woman's account was created just a week earlier. McShane wrote on Twitter that the red flags "made me think it was in fact him".
It certainly wasn't 'Ellie Connell', who does not exist. Her profile pictures are all of Heather Nelson, a Manchester-based model, and appear to have been lifted from Nelson's online portfolio. It would suggest that 'Connell's' dismissive comment, "He's too old anyway", may have been a lusty lawyer testing the water.
RollOnFriday telephoned the solicitor, an employment specialist who incidentally is 50, not 39, and asked him if he knew anything about someone contacting women on his behalf to tell them that he fancied them. He said, "No, sorry, nothing at all". Asked if he was in fact 'Connell' and had been using the fake persona to contact women online, he replied, "I know nothing at all about that, sorry". He did not ask what on earth RollOnFriday was talking about.
Twitter users assumed his guilt, replying to McShane's tweets, "Wow...What the....****", and "I actually shuddered". However, one follower pointed out, "You have to respect the amount of effort he's gone to just to make it extra creepy though surely?"
For more information on how not to contact women over the internet, see Proudman and Carter-Silk.