Are you getting catfished? How can you tell? What does “catfished” mean anyways? Catfishing is when someone takes somebody else’s identity online or makes up an identity online and engages in a relationship with another person or persons. This term became very popular on Wednesday when news broke about Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te’o getting catfished. So, now that we know what that means, how can you tell if you are getting catfished? Although there is not 100% way to know for sure beforehand if you are the victim of getting catfished below are 5 ways that you can tell it is probably happening to you.
1) Inconsistent behavior
You may be able tell you are the victim of getting catfished by the other persons behavior. If you go to meet up with the person, and they begin getting distant, or acting different than how they have been that may be a red flag. Watch out for inconsistent behavior.
If what the person is telling you, does not line up with something they told you before or what you know to be true, you may be getting catfished. For example, if they send you a picture that is not of them, lying about their income, lying about their gender, or don’t tell you they have kids… red flag.
3) Listen to your gut
Call it your “gut” or “intuition”, either way if something is telling you “this is not right”, listen to that. It probably isn’t.
4) Tell your loved ones
Be willing to share your online relationships and activity with trusted friends and/or family to see another perspective. It’s not that your family and friends are always right, but they most likely love you and want the best for you. Sometimes when our heart is involved we create blind spots that others may be able to point out to us. If more than one person has a problem with your relationship, there may be a valid reason for that.
Beware of the information you put on your social media profiles. Even if you are not on a dating website, if you are on social media websites or anything like that, people can use your information and site to catfish somebody else. Jonathan Rajewski wrote a blog called How to avoid getting catfished. He explained on Huffington Post that you can either be the victim yourself, or your profile can be used to victimize someone else.
Have you ever been a catfish victim? What are some ways you can tell that you are getting scammed online? Let us know in the comments below.