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Aston University student's porn advert shock

2014-11-15 17:10:07

Grace Marr
English language student Grace Marr

A university student was left furious after discovering that her Facebook photos had been stolen and used to advertise a "no-strings attached" casual sex website.

Grace Marr, an english language undergraduate at Aston University, said that three of her photos were used as a promotion offering "hot horny singles in your local area".

The 20-year-old discovered the theft after a friend of her mum contacted her after seeing the images while surfing the internet.

She said told student newspaper The Tab: "It was after I had moved back to uni at the start of the new term.

"I got a phone call from my mum’s friend who works at a computer company, and he said he saw my Facebook photos on a weird sidebar advert.

"I was so embarrassed at first, and then worried - so was my mum. I don't want someone taking my photos and editing my pictures to use for a porn site.

"It made me feel exposed.

"I don't know what else was out there then or might still be out there now."

Miss Marr told the paper the whole experience was "creepy and gross".

"There are no lewd pictures of me online, but I hate to think what they edited on the ones they took," she said.

Miss Marr, from Liphook, Hampshire, urged people to update their privacy settings on Facebook and change passwords every month.

"This was a really creepy thing to do. Trawling the internet looking for a teenager's pictures is just bizarre," the second-year English student said.

"I want people to be aware of this so it doesn't happen to them in future as it was a very unpleasant experience."

Grace Marr
English language student Grace Marr

Earlier this year, a Birmingham University student caught in the centre of a Facebook 'catfishing' incident when someone stole his identity to lure men for sex.

Danny Baggott, 19, had images taken from his Facebook profile and used for an account that goes by the name Mike Surman and has more than 1,000 friends.

In 2010, a Tamworth photographer was the target of porn executives after submitting a self portrait she had snapped of herself when she was just 14 to an international art website.

Lara Jade Coton
Lara Jade Coton's photograph

The photo featured Lara Jade Coton, now 25, posing in a top hat and ball gown on a window ledge framed with red curtains.

She was stunned when she found out TVX Films used the photo as the cover of the porn film titled 'Body Magic'.

After a three-year legal battle that ended in October 2010, she was awarded £82,000 in damages by a Tampa, Florida court.

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