Catfishing

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Blackcoolaid, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. Blackcoolaid

    Blackcoolaid New Member

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    I'm new to the site but not the lifestyle. Has people notice a problem: so-called "catfishing" - where someone pretends to be someone else by setting up a fake online profile.
    They are perceptually misleading In the realm of deceptive half-truths, camouflage by 'hiding' some of the truths about what they are looking for.
     
  2. mywife4fcks

    mywife4fcks Banned

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    its there every where.
     
  3. D-REX

    D-REX New Member Real Person

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    they got a program about that on vh1!
     
  4. bm_from_southjersey

    bm_from_southjersey Administrator Staff Member Real Person Gold Member

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    There are a number of threads devoted to that problem on here.
     
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  5. MacNfries

    MacNfries Well-Known Member Sweet & Cordial Gold Member

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    Catfishing, huh? Now, I didn't realize there was actual name for fake profiles ... I kinda like the useage of that ... "catfishing". I thought catfishing was where someone is trying to scam you for money through e-mails & phone calls. That happening here?
    Oh, to answer your question ... nawwwwwwwwwwwwww, members and profiles are screened at the door ... :bounce: ....... NOT!
     
  6. Torpedo

    Torpedo Well-Known Member Gold Member

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    Catfishing, huh? Now, I didn't realize there was actual name for fake profiles ... I kinda like the useage of that ... "catfishing". I thought catfishing was where someone is trying to scam you for money through e-mails & phone calls. That happening here?

    That's "phishing" which is just like fishing only different. I would guess in the cyber world "catfishing" should probably be spelled "catphishing";)
     
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  7. udomlya

    udomlya Well-Known Member

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    Catfishing is a new term for me as well, but the con game sounds all too familiar. Sometimes fakers at online meeting sites pretend to be someone they are not. They claim to be a person with more money, power, stability etc than they actually have. For example, the scammer pretends to be a model or a successful investor. This makes them seem more desirable to the people onsite whom they target.

    The scammers start relationships with their targets, gain the victims' trust, then start having "problems" in order to bilk money out of their targets. Unexpected medical bills, foreclosures, financial "problems" of every description. Any con artist gains the mark's trust in order to rip them off. This online scam is just another method to accomplish their goals. The technology enables them to cast a wider net, and target more marks, than their older scams ever did.

    I don't trust anyone I just met, I don't care who they are. They earn my trust over time, and vice versa. If a situation sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    There are plenty of articles about this catfishing scam on the net. Here is one of them.
     
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  8. Torpedo

    Torpedo Well-Known Member Gold Member

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    You bring up a very important point. Trust must be earned