A SINGLE mother was targeted by sex-hungry men after a fake dating profile was set up in her name.
Lynn Gunning was left terrified after men claiming to have met her through an online dating site, Plenty of Fish, turned up at her Sunderland workplace.
The fake profile claimed the Hendon 45-year-old was “up for anything” and anyone interested could should meet her at Boots, where she works as a sales assistant.
The vile prank was uncovered when a man turned up to meet Lynn one day after work, and showed her the profile on his phone.
“It said I was up for anything so you can imagine the type of men that turned up,” said the mum-of-two.
“I said I didn’t know what he was talking about and he showed me it on his phone.”
She added: “All you need is a photo of someone, and anyone with a very sick and twisted mind could do what was done to me.”
Lynn, who has been divorced for 10 years, lives with her 17-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son who suffers from autism.
She said the ordeal made her fear for her children’s safety.
“It was an absolutely awful time,” she added. “My family were really concerned, and I was beside myself when the men were coming into work.
“I was so scared that they could follow me home.”
Lynn contacted Northumbria Police, who tried to get in touch with the dating site.
After police commented on the profile, declaring it as fake, Plenty of Fish responded via email to say they had removed it.
A spokeswoman from Northumbria Police said: “We received a report about an account that had been set up on a dating website. The account has now been deleted.
“Enquiries have been ongoing with the service provider in order to trace the email account in which the account was set up.”
Lynn, who also studies at the Shiney Row campus of Sunderland College, says she is relieved that the account has been removed but is outraged that the culprit has not been caught.
“I want to have my story told and for people to be aware of this awful situation,” she added. “I hope this never happens to anyone else.”
Her concerns mirror those raised by Ford Estate mum Wendy Gibbons, whose details were used to create a fake profile on fabswingers.com as a scamster trawled the internet for sex games.
It claimed she liked leather clothing, adult parties, webcams and other activities too graphic to publish, leaving Wendy distressed when she was made aware of the site, which took down the page when she raised her concerns.