Catfishing is when someone assumes another person’s identity and creates a fake online profile to engage in an online relationship. The term has made its presence in national news and also in a television documentary. 821
People looking for love tend to let their guard down. Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who count on that. The catfish scammer is often looking to take advantage of your personal information or gain financial support. In 2013, the Federal Trade Commission processed 9,643 romance scam complaints. Proof that these scam artists put a lot of time and effort into building a fake persona and relationship with their victim. If you’re looking for the love of your life online, it’s in your best interest to be cautious.
This type of deception happens not only with online dating sites, but on social media sites as well. These scammers will go to great lengths to create a believable story. They will use stolen photos and information to make the victim believe they are who they say they are.
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