With technology becoming the primary method of holding conversations with people, there has also been an uptick in those that have been catfished after meeting people online. Several people make fake profiles or adapt a fake persona online to attract people.
What Does Being Catfished Mean
Having a fake persona online to lure different people into falling in love with them or generally getting to know them so they can benefit from it is called being catfished.
If you are looking for someone to date online through Facebook, a dating website or through any mobile dating app like Tinder, Tango or Bumble, you will probably see a lot of people catfishing.
With so many people catfishing online, how can you tell if the person you are interested is also someone adapting a fake persona? The following are some of the key factors that most people who catfish may be associated with:
They are too good to be true
If you have come across the profile of a woman with the absolute perfect body, face and personality, so much that it is hard to believe with your own eyes, then it probably too good to be true.
The first thing you need to have is good instincts. You must be able to detect individuals that catfish people. Learn easily recognize if something is too good to be true. Social apps are used by real people and although they are used by models or other celebrities, if they are contacting you, then there’s a good chance it’s too good to be true. The profile photos of people using these sites and apps should appear normal and not someone that looks like they walked off the cover of a fashion magazine.
They have too many interests
If you come across a profile that lists down just about anything you know as interests, then this profile is likely fake.
People who catfish add as many interests as possible on their profile so they can attract as many people as they can from different backgrounds. Always go for a profile that has list down one or two interests because that naturally sounds real.
Ask them to talk to you on a different platform
Only If you suspect someone is catfishing you should you simply invite them to talk to you on another chatting application. They will probably have trouble appearing through another profile because that will reveal a lot of other information which may not match with their dating profile.
If they downright refuse to come to another chatting application, then you have probably found yourself someone that’s fishing for a victim. Don’t be stupid in this case. Do not continue to speak with them. Instead, you should move on and continue searching for someone else.
They contact you first
If a very pretty looking girl contacts you first, there is a huge chance it’s a catfish profile. I’m not saying that this is definitely the case, but it very well could be. Women generally don’t message guys out of the blue because they receive messages first hand. So it is very unlikely that a pretty woman will message you first. If she has, she is catfishing you perhaps.
Since I want to leave you on a positive note I want you to know that there are websites out there that protect their members from getting catfished. The best dating websites do a great job at protecting their members and their information.