web statistics

Beloved comedian caught up in bizarre dating app catfishing scam

Debbie McGee, Lee Mack, Bob Mortimer
Bob Mortimer has been caught up in a dating app scam (Picture: BBC/Endemol Shine UK/Brian Richie)

Beloved BBC comedian Bob Mortimer was caught up in an online dating app scam.

A profile claiming to be Mortimer, 65, has appeared on the dating app Tinder, using the comedian’s photos and even some personal details. 

Mortimer has been married to wife Lisa Matthews since 2015, and the pair have been together for over 20 years.

The scammer used pictures of Mortimer but changed his name to Kyle and put his age as 50, perhaps in an attempt to make it appear that Mortimer was trying to keep a low profile despite his fame. 

The profile was reportedly deleted by the platform, but there is no telling how many of the 2.4million UK users of the app were fooled by the fake account. 

The Sun exclusively revealed the scam, showing that the profile described the comedian as a ‘big time texter’ looking for a long-term partner, and that Mortimer works out ‘every day’ and is interested in yoga, meditation, theatre, and café-hopping. It also stated that Mortimer has a pet fish. 

File photo dated 17/02/23 of Bob Mortimer attending the National Comedy Awards 2023 at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London. Bob Mortimer has said he has a
Mortimer has been happily married since 2015 (Picture: PA)

The profile featured several images, including one of the star eating fish and chips and another of him watching football with a friend. 

When contacted by The Sun, a spokesperson for Tinder reportedly said: ‘Catfishing is a violation of our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use, and users who are discovered catfishing are removed from our platform.

‘If someone believes they are being impersonated on Tinder, they should contact our support team with relevant details here, which is available to anyone regardless of whether they use Tinder. From there, our team will promptly search for and remove any matching profile. 

‘We encourage our users to look for the “blue tick,” which indicates that the user’s age and likeness has been verified through our Photo and ID Verification programmes. Additionally, all users can request that their match photo verifies prior to messaging.’

Bob Mortimer
Mortimer has long been a beloved comedian on the BBC (Picture: Getty Images)

The news comes amid ongoing health struggles for the comedian, who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in his 20s and battling additional heart problems over the years. 

He also had a bout of shingles in 2023 that left him weak and unwell. 

Mortimer discussed his health battles with Paul Whitehouse during an episode of their show Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing.

Bob Mortimer
The scammer put Mortimer’s name as ‘Kyle’ on the profile (Picture: Steve Meddle/REX/Shutterstock)

He said: ‘It’s been a very, very, very unhealthy year for me Paul with my shingles… And you know what – it was worse than my heart period.

‘The muscles I’ve lost, I’ve lost… But other ones can compensate for it, you know what I mean?’

He added: ‘I can make the other muscles stronger but I have a terrible feeling I’m never going to be able to run again and you know that I used to like to run Paul.’

Got a story?

If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us celebtips@metro.co.uk, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.

About admin