Image via Wikimedia Commons. Catfishing was a thing long before the documentary gave it a weird name. Pretending to be someone else online is half the point of the internet, and we all know someone who's stretched the truth on a dating profile or social media bio.
However, there are tons of other tales of failed romance that never get told. Occasionally, these people even find themselves in dangerous situations. To start, I want to say
The main problem? Online dating can give a false perception of who we are. On Tinder, all you need to do is sum yourself up in a few words and upload your best photos.
You may have noticed the Australian media has recently held a spotlight on the issue of internet fraud, specifically, internet dating fraud. 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. 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. At a glance, they seem like great dates.
In he garnered worldwide sympathy by publicly announcing that his long-distance girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, had died of leukemia. Teenager Marissa Williams was living with her aunt in Tuscaloosa, AL when her aunt asked her to stop using Facebook to lure male strangers into her home. In response, Marissa blocked her aunt on Facebook.
Unfortunately, stories of women being catfished on dating apps are not uncommon. But one woman's experience in particular is anything but ordinary. In fact, her catfishing story ends with a movie-worthy twist so perfect it almost sounds like a work of fiction.
They might be scammers who are out for money, an ex seeking revenge, or someone who is just plain bored. Catfish highlights both sides of Catfishing, and has inspired hundreds of people to come forward with their own stories. Both victims and Catfishers themselves have shared their experiences all over the internet, and not all of them are quite as PG as those on the show.
Met a guy online, we dated for over a year. I met his parents, slept in his apartment, met his friends, then he randomly disappeared. And he was 10 years older than he told me. And he gave me a fake last name.