The murky world of catfishing


A catfish is a person who creates fake personal profiles on social media websites, thereby portraying somebody else – usually somebody more outwardly appealing than his/her true self. These catfish usually intend to trick other unsuspecting social media users into getting romantically involved with them. The pictures on the profile are ‘borrowed from elsewhere and the biographical information provided is entirely false.

It must’ve been more than once that you’ve received emails from scam artists stating that you’ve won over a million dollars. With catfish, it’s almost the same. They’ll look to steal or affect your personal information and identity, and get you romantically involved and then scam you for money.

The film that brought attention to a scam called catfishing

Why this scam is called catfishing

How to identify fake people on the internet

And for those with a sense of humour…


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