Since the Internet is becoming the primary method of communication between people, it’s becoming easy to fool people. People are going as far as making fake profiles and persona’s with the intent on deceiving people for information or personal gain. This is called “Catfishing.”
What Does Being Catfished Mean
Luring people into falling in love, or having feelings for another person so they can benefit from them is classic catfishing. This happens to people from all walks of life. Perhaps the most famous case of catfishing involved NFL football player Manti Te’o. Read that link it’s bone chilling. It almost makes you want to go “WTF was he thinking?”
If you are on the prowl and looking to date people online, whether it be Tinder, Facebook, or any other dating site, you should be aware that catfishing is something that can happen to anyone.
With so many evil people out there looking to do stupid things like this, you need to know that you are dealing with a real person. Here are some things you can keep in mind when you start exchanging information with someone online to avoid being catfished.
Are They Too Good to Be True?
If someone looks too perfect, perhaps they are made up. Often times you’ll find that people have a plethora of photos if they are beautiful. (Models, that’s you.)
Use your gut. If you don’t have a gut, use your instincts. 🙂
They Are Interested in Everything
Sometimes a profile has everything under the sun checked. This is done with the purpose of connecting with more users. Simply put, the odds are higher that they are fake.
They Ask You to Speak on Some Other Application
If you meet them on Match.com and they want to move to chatting on Skype, something is up. They most likely have a cheap account and don’t want to pay very long. So, they move to a different chat client in order to chat for free. Sometimes they can be persistent. When they are, know that it is a 100% in-genuine dating profile. Obviously they didn’t read my fool proof guide to making a dating profile.
They Reach Out to You With Persistence
Sure, you have to persistent in sales. However, this does not cross over into dating. If you are persistent, you are SELLING. Only a catfishermen (or woman) would be this persistent.
If a beautiful girl contacts you, and you look like George Costanza, raise your red flag really high. Know that you are being worked over. Women almost never message men first. Sure, it happens, but let’s face it, if a ten reaches out to you and you are overweight, your being played.
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