With more and more people meeting online it’s easy to be duped into thinking a person is someone they aren’t.
There are some simple steps anyone can use to spot what is commonly known as a catfish.
The term catfish has been coined to describe someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.
How old is their profile? Can you find profiles for them on more than one form of social media? Or does the same account appear twice on Facebook?
Don’t forget that real people will often have friends tag them in posts and be actively seen with them – this could be a warning sign if this doesn’t happen.
If they say they visited Dubai in 2012, check if there are posts on social media from that time and place. Do the photos look professional or like stock images? It’s easy to grab an image off the internet.
Check their work history:
If they say they work for a company, are they featured on a company website? If they have a profile on LinkedIn, check that it matches what they have told you.
Sounds a bit fishy?
When people are catfishing they often give elaborate excuses for not meeting up. These may be reason that pull on the heart strings to create a sense of trust with their victim.
After a while most victims are duped and believe what they are being told even if it does seem too good to be true.
Ask them to video call you if they keep ducking out of meeting face to face.