Actor Saif Ali Khan has reacted to reports that a British national, Antony Ray, used the actor’s pictures on the dating app Tinder to start a relationship with a UK- based woman, Anna Rowe. On being asked about the incident, Saif tells us in a text message, “I felt bad for the lady and was complimented the man chose my picture.”
However, the 46-year-old actor says that an incident like this should make people take note of the hazards of looking for love on mobile applications and websites.
“This is a good example of the risks of online dating. There is a parallel universe out there and people need to be aware that they may be taken for a ride. Sometimes the deception can even lead to violence and death, as in Israel a few years ago when a boy was lured into enemy territory by a fake date and was killed,” he says.
Khan adds that while people need to be careful, even apps need to verify the identity of the users.
“A new world requires new awareness and rules like authentication of identity for certain sites should certainly exist. These will always be a risk though,” he says.
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