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Former Celebs Go Dating Star Nadia Essex has admitted setting up two fake Twitter accounts in the past
Ex Celebs Go Dating expert Nadia Essex is teaming up with a private investigator to catch online love scammers.
The 37-year-old has admitted she set up fake Twitter accounts in the past to deal with trolls now she wants to prevent others from being targeted by online dating fradusters.
Nadia says she is “moving forward” with her life after her employment tribunal case against her former co-star Eden Blackman, who she accused of bullying and harassment.
It was ruled that her claims were brought outside the three-month legal time limit.
Eden strenuously deniesd Nadia’s claims.
Speaking at the time, he said: “These allegations are extremely hurtful and damaging. I maintain that these allegations are completely false.”
Nadia has said she was “devastated” by the ruling and is now campaigning for the law to be changed.
Nadia said: “You hope that when you’re brave enough to actually call somebody out for doing you wrong, that the justice system believes you and is on your side, and you get justice.
“We’ve all grown up with movies where ultimately the bad guy loses is the good guys win.
“But in real life, that doesn’t happen. Because you have to silly laws, like a three-month time period that prevents justice from being done.
Nadia was suing Blackman and the show’s producers, Lime Pictures, for gender-based discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
She left the show in 2018 after setting up fake Twitter accounts, saying she got the idea from a pop star who did the same thing to promote her music.
Nadia has claimed her actions were down to her mental state caused by the alleged harassment she claims suffered over the two years she worked on the show.
Speaking about the fake accounts, she said: “It was so easy to get carried away. It’s so easy to lose yourself – your nice, kind, normal self.
“When you’re sucked into this whirlwind of hatred, you can’t see the wood for the trees.
“And it’s only when you take a step back, you go, ‘wow’.
“I didn’t get offered any counselling support, or aftercare at all during that time. I was told to stay out of the limelight and stay quiet. I got offered no direction.
“I chose the wrong path. But, I’m human.
“And now I know better, and now I understand and I know I could never go there again.”
But Nadia says she has now been shunned by everyone in the industry and has lost her job and her home.
She added: “I’ve lost friends, I’ve lost family members that I don’t speak to anymore, because they don’t believe me.
“Where’s the duty of care for me?”
Nadia now hopes her new business, Rogue Daters , which she’s setting up with Samantha Cooper – a private investigator with more than six years experience – will protect people looking for love.
She and the 51-year-old from North West London, will offer verification checks to give daters peace of mind that the person they are speaking to online is who they claim to be.
As well as background checks, which cost £99 and include finding out whether the person has been married before or has children, services also include an asset check, for £195, and a social media check for £99.
Nadia said: “The lack of support that I’ve had is something that really needs to change for other people.
“Rogue Daters will not only will help people find the truth in terms of who they think they might be dating, but actually go further and support people who have been catfished, or scammed, or just in general need support.
“It’s about reminding people what the red flags are. People can lie online, and can come offline and keep up the lie.
“If you’ve got a gut feeling that something’s not quite right, it’s about looking for the markers when the mask slips that reinforce that actually, this person may not be who they say they are.”
Samantha, who is a full member of The Association of British Investigators, said she will be using her professional investigative and computer skills, together with specialist databases and her network of industry connections both nationally and internationally.
She said: “The online dating industry is booming, but unfortunately so is the number of dating frauds being committed.
“As soon as a person creates a profile on a dating platform, they are sharing personal, private information with a number of strangers.
“I have previously completed investigations on behalf of clients who have been involved with people they met via an online dating site who have had false profiles, dishonest motives and even a convicted paedophile.
“This is what inspired Rogue Daters.”
And Samantha hopes Nadia will help give those who come to the agency the confidence they need.
She added: “She can pick them up and build them back up.
“And obviously she had been involved with these messages, she saw it from both sides and had a good understanding of it.
“It doesn’t really matter who they are – it matters who they’re not. It’s about people knowing who they’re talking to.”
Nadia said: “With my comprehensive dating expertise and Samantha’s investigations skills, we’ve got all bases covered.
“We can help you if you have doubts about the person you have connected with or if you need some general dating confidence or advice.”
Speaking about the tribunal, Eden said: “The judge did have the discretion to allow the claim to proceed, irrelevant of the time issue but decided it wasn’t justified in the circumstances.
Read More Best selection of showbiz long reads “The female judge clearly felt it was inequitable to allow the claim to proceed in the circumstances.
“The multiple trolling accounts Nadia chose to create were live from January – August 2018.
“In court Nadia’s medical records from July 2016 to date were supplied given her ‘mental health’ claims and showed there to be no mental health discussions during the time the multiple trolling accounts were active.
“The only mention of Nadia’s mental health was dated September 2018, a time when Nadia was under investigation by Lime Pictures for the trolling accounts and then when Nadia was suspended from Celebs Go Dating for admitting to creating and running multiple trolling accounts.”
A spokesperson for Lime said: “‘She was suspended for improper use of social media and then resigned.”
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