A TV actor has instructed how his id was used to deceive and manipulate a girl who later took her personal life.
Former residence and away star Lincoln Lewis made the surprising discovery in 2011 when he obtained a name from an unidentified girl claiming they had been courting.
Lydia Abdelmalek, 32, had embodied the star, together with English actor Danny Mac, in a ugly four-year catfish trick involving three victims.
Lewis stated the stranger contacted him and requested, “Have you and I been dating for the past few months?”.
He was greatly surprised however stated that was the second he realized he was being utilized in a catfish scheme.
He then broke the information to her that he had by no means met her.
Lewis (pictured along with his girlfriend Pandora Bonsor) was greatly surprised however stated that was the second he realized he was being utilized in a catfish scheme
The actress stated she sounded “shaken” and “panic” as she instructed him she’d despatched intimate photographs and movies of herself to who she thought was him.
The girl believed they’d been collectively for a couple of months.
“She said, ‘Linc, I don’t know who that is now,'” Lewis recalled.
“Linc, this person has photos and videos of me. i thought i was with you I thought you were the one asking about these things. I thought you were the one I sent all this stuff to.’
Lydia Abdelmalek, 32, (pictured) now faces two years and eight months before being eligible for parole, an increase from her previous minimum sentence of one year and nine months
Abdelmalek had used these images to blackmail her and harass her family and friends.
The woman later took her own life in 2018.
Abdelmalek had also duped two others with the alias Lewis who had approached him on two separate occasions.
A second female victim contacted Lewis “many months later,” who informed him that someone he didn’t know had set up Facebook accounts in his name, edited his existing social media, and revealed his home address.
A fake license had also been made with his picture and name on it.
“[She]told me a very similar story where someone I didn’t know pretended to be me and established or had established an online relationship with these girls,” he said in a police statement.
“(She) told me that the person is creating Facebook accounts on my behalf, editing my existing social media channels and revealing my actual home address.”
Mr Lewis said he remembered telling the “very devastated” woman he hoped she was “fine”.
A third was a man who thought they were friends and approached him in a sports bar in Bali.
“I just looked at him and my buddies all stood there a little confused and he said, ‘Brother, it’s me,'” Lewis said.
“I wasn’t sure what to do, I had never seen him before in my life.”
The actor had to pull him aside and tell him they weren’t friends before the man got very embarrassed, apologized and left.
“Buddy, I’m sorry. I do not know who you are. I have never met you. My apologies but I have never spoken to you in my life,” Mr Lewis recalled.
Mr Lewis shared with the court some of the methods Abdelmalek may have used to trick her victims into believing she was the well-known actor, including inaccuracies with a fake Queensland driver’s license.
The revelations came to light when Abdelmalek lost her appeal to get out of prison early.
Lewis had to pull a victim aside and tell him they weren’t friends before the man got very embarrassed, apologized and left (pictured a fake license being created with Lewis’ name on it).
“What may begin as light-hearted can quickly escalate and have significant consequences for the psychological well-being of those at risk,” stated Judge Claire Quin (pictured Abdelmalek leaving County Court of Victoria in Melbourne in 2020).
She appeared in Melbourne District Court on Tuesday, where she was again sentenced to four years in prison after a lengthy appeal against her 2019 sentence.
She failed to overturn her conviction on six stalking charges earlier this year and then appealed her two-year and eight-month sentence.
Lewis took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Abdelmalek’s re-sentencing, to express his relief that the catfishing ordeal was “lastly over”.
“It is tough to search out the proper phrases or to precise the sense of reduction that this particular person’s merciless and appalling acts, dedicated over a decade in the past, have lastly ended with justice prevailing,” he wrote.
Lewis wrote online after the re-sentencing that “social media is nice however at all times be sure you know who you’re speaking to and most significantly at all times look out for one another. Much love.’
“I hope the ruling will help bring victims, their families and those affected a closure that can now help all to heal and move forward.
“Eventually, I hope all of this opens up conversations with pals or between mother and father and their kids about easy methods to keep protected on-line. Social media is nice however at all times be sure you know who you’re speaking to and most significantly, at all times look out for one another. Much love.’
Abdelmalek now faces two years and eight months earlier than she is eligible for parole, a rise from her earlier minimal sentence of 1 yr and 9 months.
Abdelmalek’s victims and their households appeared in courtroom for sentencing, whereas Judge Claire Quin led her requires an prolonged sentence.
Judge Claire Quin described Abdelmalek’s insult as “persistent and malicious” as she stated she spent 1000’s of hours secretly following her victims on-line (pictured, Abdelmalek in courtroom in 2020).
She stated she warned Abdelmalek and her legal professionals “a number of times” that in the event that they pursued the enchantment she may face a more durable jail sentence.
“This matter has proceeded despite an overwhelming prosecution process and full knowledge of the added stress this causes victims,” Judge Quin instructed the courtroom.
She described Abdelmalek’s insult as “persistent and malicious” as she stated she spent 1000’s of hours secretly following her victims on-line.
“The complainant has created a web of false identities and characters,” Justice Quin stated.
“Although the content of some of the materials is reminiscent of a soap opera, it wasn’t fantasy – it was real and affected real people.
“What could start as light-hearted can shortly escalate and have vital penalties for the psychological well-being of these in danger.”
Abdelmalek has already served more than four months of her sentence.
Home and Away star Lincoln Lewis (pictured with girlfriend Pandora Bonsor) made the surprising discovery in 2011 when he obtained a name from an unidentified girl claiming they had been courting