Lincoln Lewis breaks silence after identity used in catfish ploy

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor
Australian actor Lincoln Lewis has spoken after it was revealed his identity had been brought into a catfishing scandal. Photo: Channel Ten

Australian actor Lincoln Lewis has spoken after it was revealed his identity had been brought into a catfishing scandal.

The 31-year-old former Home and Away star said it was ‘scary’ that his details had been used – as reported in an ABC investigation – by a 29-year-old woman who posed as him to communicate with women online.

Lincoln also urged people to “know who you or they [kids] are talking to online”. 

Having your number, address, personal details illegally obtained & photos doctored was scary,” he wrote on Tuesday.

“Having them used to catfish people is sickening. But nothing can give back or make right what this sick person did and took away from the victims.

For everyone, but especially for those with kids, KNOW who you or they are talking to online,” the TV star continued.

“BE ABSOLUTELY SURE of it! Social media can be great but also a scary place as there are sick twisted people out there. Be safe.”

Finally Lincoln thanked those who had been involved in the investigation over the course of several years.

“I also want to take this time to thank the incredible police & detectives who have worked tirelessly on this case over the last 8 years,” he tweeted.

“You see the worst actions in people yet never give up. You are amazing. Thank you.”

On Tuesday an ABC investigation reported that Lincoln Lewis’ identity had been used by a catfisher who tricked women into thinking they were dating the media personality.

Once the catfisher was caught out, they convinced one of the victims Emma* that they were actually British actor Michael Jason Smith, and then later, Danny Jason MacGreene.

What followed was the catfisher faking a kidnap, and then messages urging Emma to kill herself.

She took her own life last year.

Another woman who received messages from the stalker was Jess*, and she eventually contacted Queensland Police for assistance.

After evidence was presented in front of a Victorian court, 29-year-old Melbourne woman Lydia Abdelmalek was found found guilty of six counts of stalking, ABC reported. She will be sentenced in June.

*ABC changed the names to protect victims

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

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