Social media are the right places to post all your photos, and there, you can show everything you do in your day-to-day; websites like Facebook, Instagram, TinderPC, Twitter, and many others were created to make human interaction even simpler, but also you will find a lot of people with bad intentions. Perhaps you know someone who identity has been stolen in there, maybe it was yourself the one affected for them or a family member or even a friend.
When this happens not everyone knows what to do, every single website has the tools to take actions against Catfishers.
Maybe you are wondering what “Catfisher” means, a catfisher is an individual who uses the Internet to lure people into a scam romance, sometimes their goal is financial gain by developing an online relationship and then asking for many.
There are many ways to find out if you are being catfished:
- Sometimes they seem too good to be real. Catfishers usually steal photos from modeling agencies, they chose the less known ones, perhaps they show a luxury lifestyle, because that’s their life’s goal. What to do when you are not sure about this? You can search in Google their pictures.
- They are “generic people”. What does it means? They can be related to anyone. They do not have a solid opinion about their “interest”. If this happens, be wary about them.
- They say that they care about you and act like things are getting serious after talking just for a short period of time. Sometimes after this they will be asking you for money.
- They always seems to have problems with webcams and you can only chat online with them. They don’t use Facebook, they don’t know what Skype is. Congratulations, you are talking to a Catfish!
- They work for companies that makes them travel all the time. The funny part of this? When you are trying to catch up with them, they are going to be overseas.
- After a few days of talking, they will be asking you for money. That doesn’t make any sense.
- They will try to make you fall in love over chats or emails. Sometimes they contact people though Facebook.
- Sometimes, English is not their first language. They won’t ever admit it.
- In case they contact you through Facebook or Instagram, you will notice that they don’t have any friend tagged in their pictures and the only people that interact with them are people that (clearly) don’t know them.
- Catfishers usually have really tragic stories of life. Why they do that? Because they want you to feel sorry for them.
- Trust your instincts, if you believe that someone you are talking to is not real, maybe you are right.
It’s estimated that a million of people are catfished per year, but less than 10.000 are reported. Catfishing is not the only way to steal identity, there are platy of people that are not authentic or original in social media.
For example, the Australian, Lauren Bullen, she travels with her boyfriend around the world and post photos of them in beautiful places, their shots are amazing, but recently the noticed that an user called Diana Alex, was stealing their project, coping and pasting their texts and taking the same picture in the same place with similar clothes, just because they have fashion designers working exclusively with them, so that’s harder to imitate.
Identity thefts can be sued in a lots of countries around the world, and it’s a really awful way to play with someone else feelings.
If you have any doubt if you are talking with someone real don’t hesitate and talk with a close friend about it, sometimes another perspective helps a lot, and if you find a fake profile, you can report it, then a staff member will review the profile.
Don’t trust everything you see or read on the internet, be careful, everyone can be victim of those awful people.