Catfishing

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Catfishing
A catfish refers to a person engaging in an online relationship while posing as someone else. By creating fake profiles on sites ranging from Twitter to Match.com, these predators trick unsuspecting people into thinking they are someone else entirely. They may send photos (which ultimately turn out to be taken from someone else’s social media profile), or even talk to you by phone using caller ID spoofing (a practice that allows someone to display a phone number different than the actual number from which the call was placed). They might suggest meeting, but will then have an emergency arise before the actual meeting takes place. They refuse to video chat, and their lives and interest in you almost seem too good to be true.

Those who engage in catfishing are usually smart, experienced, charming, and witty. They are also master manipulators, who can easily convince you they care about you. They don’t. You are a means to an end. Catfishers initiate online relationships to get money, control, or to identify victims who will engage in sexting.