They often use false photographs stolen from other peoples’ social media sites and they present too-good-to-be-true stories about their lives and achievements. It’s important to the note that Catfish prey on all types of people.
Anyone can fall victim to an internet scam, not just the naive or socially inexperienced.
It has become such a hot topic because so many of us are falling victim to scams, we need to raise awareness and learn how to protect ourselves.Police estimate that Aussies send around million to internet scammers every month!Although the majority of these covert predators are based in Africa, mainly Nigeria and Ghana, they show up on our dating sites as attractive, Western-looking, perfect potential dates.You can empower yourself by starting to listen to your rational voice, and you’ll soon be separating the princes from the frogs like a pro.Here are some tips for spotting a Catfish: Do they look like a model?Real intimacy takes time to build, it is based on trust.If they move too quickly into the realm of love and commitment, try not to be flattered. This should be a massive red flag (but unfortunately, many people are seduced by this).To stay safe, maintain your communication on the eharmony site for as long as possible.Many Catfish attempt to coax you away to instant messaging or private email, thus reducing your level of control over the communication. If they ask you for cash, this is an indicator that their intentions are based on something other than finding love – walk away! Often, when a Catfish sets up their false dating profile, they set up corresponding Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts to demonstrate ‘social proof’ that they exist.If their other social media profiles appeared online around the same date as their dating profile, this could be an indicator of deception.