In reality, Mesa Mayor John Giles is happily married — and has been for more than 30 years. "That day, I went home to my wife and said, 'You're never going to guess what happened today. But online, his personal photos are attached to a dating profile for a divorced dad in Vancouver, British Columbia, looking for "another opportunity to find something special."Giles learned that an unknown, online persona is using his personal photos on last week when a woman reached out to the Mayor's Office.match is the most widely-used online dating site in the world and has nearly 1.8 million subscribers.It works in the most traditional way: Simply create a profile, check out your potential matches, send them a few messages and then arrange to meet for a date.Upon conducting a reverse-image search, the woman realized that all of the pictures provided by the man were actually of a politician more than 1,500 miles from Vancouver."By bringing this to your attention, I'm hoping you could seek immediate measures to identify and stop this person or persons of damaging Mr.Giles (sic) reputation and ensuring there is no further damage done to vulnerable women," the woman wrote.request for comment.
In one of the photos, he's wearing a shirt that says "Mesa." The other is a picture with his daughter before her prom, with a palm tree in the background."I'm tempted to make a joke, like, I wonder how many dates I got? It's actually a serious concern," Giles said."Catfishing" — a slang term for using a fake alias to lure someone into a romantic relationship — has become increasingly common as more and more people turn to the internet looking for love.
She signed up for JDate, an online dating site for Jewish singles.
“All kinds of people are doing it,” says Caploe, 54, a publisher who lives in New York City.
However, we do know that many of them have limited social circles.
Electronic social media could facilitate the development of relationships, increase social participation and reduce social isolation for these people.