An Australian TV host says they fell victim to a “sex chat” scam in which a fake Twitter profile was created to privately message other people.
Channel 10 reporter Candace Wyatt, 40, wrote on Instagram on Sunday that a Twitter account called “Laurie Bonin” used photos from Ms Wyatt’s social media account and had private “sex chats” with people.
NCA NewsWire was unable to locate the profile as of Monday afternoon.
Ms. Wyatt could not be reached for comment.
“Hey guys, if you have a Twitter account, can you go and report this person?” Ms Wyatt wrote on Instagram on Sunday.
“They are taking my Insta photos and using them on Twitter to send people private sex chats,” she wrote.
“Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery … but it’s not okay.”
“And, yes, I reported them too.”
It is not the first time Ms Wyatt, who works from Channel 10’s Melbourne bureau, has come under fire from the general public.
In August last year, a man verbally abused and spat at her while she was making a living cross from the Royal Botanic Gardens on the River Yarra.
The ordeal was filmed by a Channel 10 camera crew and witnessed by several people.
Ultimately, the man was charged and sentenced to a term of imprisonment.
Last year, the Australian government’s e-security commissioner issued a warning that stolen personal Instagram photos were being used by other fake Instagram accounts.
“This fake account then uses the link in the profile to redirect traffic to indecent content to what appears to be a subscription service,” the eSafety official said. wrote last year.