It is based off of a documentary film where the narrator of the current television show, Nev Schulman, went to meet his online love in person only to be shocked by the deception he found.
The woman whose picture he’d been shown was that of an entirely different person.
or I was really falling for that gorgeous gal on Facebook, but she turned out to be a catfish.
Catfishes are notorious for their creativity in manipulation, deception, and fraud.
He was heartbroken to find he had really fallen for no more than a mirage.
While it may initially sound trivial, if not superficial, the implications of such an occurrence are profound.
If you use these techniques, you should be able to expose a catfish quickly - and that means you can move on to someone more deserving of your attention. Deciding whether your date is for real can be difficult, and even if you’ve done everything in your power to be sure the person you’ve met (or the person your son, daughter, or close friend has met) is genuine, doubts can remain. Our network of investigators is trained to investigate and uncover the real details of a potential catfisher, from true location and occupation to gender and age - whatever they might be claiming.
Texans have reported more than ,000 in losses to catfish scams.
Most of the scam reports claim that they were contacted though a dating website and asked to send money by wire transfer because of some emergency.
These scammers typically create fake profiles on social media sites, dating websites or dating apps using pictures of real people and then assuming a false identity.
After a few days or weeks of back-and-forth messaging, the scammer starts asking for personal information or money.
Fortunately, there are a few easy steps to take to make sure you aren't falling for one - and to catch them if turns out you are.