7 signs you are being catfished online

Beware of the person on the other side of the screen. Online dating isn't as simple as it looks.

With so many dating apps freely available for use and the need of this generation to find companions online or strike a chord with a stranger, there is high risk of being cheated or lured, leave alone the possibility of some very scary scenarios. Just like phishing in banking, catfishing or being catfished in a modern dating term that you should be aware of.

  • Catfish is a person who pretends to be someone else or fakes an identity to impress, lure and trap a person for benefits. If you are new to the online dating game, you need to beware of such people. Here are some signs that you may be a victim of catfishing:
  • He/she is a model and not just a struggling model but an established one. They might even say that modelling is just a part-time thing because they keep getting offers they can t reject and they have another lucrative career or job along with it. This is too good to be true and that s when you must get suspicious. Read: 7 things you should know before you start online dating apps.
  • They ll have sad stories to tell you. An ugly past, a severe heartbreak, some trauma, illness or life changing moment. This is all to gather your sympathy and make it easy for them to win your trust. Don t be an emotional fool. There is no denying that in a few cases it may be genuinely so, but you need to tread carefully.
  • If you have been chatting for a while and are taking things forward in a good manner but the person refuses to Facetime or video chat with you, chances are you are dealing with a catfish. Their webcam never works or they don t have a webcam is a common excuse but not the kind you must believe. These are the types of guys you meet on Tinder in India.
  • Cross check the Facebook profile. If you see the person has weird friend names or very few friends and there is no connection between any two pictures in their photo gallery, there is a possibility that these are photoshopped pictures or ones taken randomly. The person may have stolen these pics from someone else s profile too. Dig deep and be cautious again. These are the 12 things people need to stop doing on dating apps.
  • They take a rain check on every meeting or date you plan. The reasons can be an accident, a sudden office trip, late working hours, an emergency like a friend is in a hospital and so on. Their excuses sound genuine but if this is a regular habit, then this person is definitely faking identity and is a catfish.
  • If you have connected with someone and they suddenly declare that they have fallen for you and want to take the relationship to the next level, you might be falling in the catfish trap. Real people usually don t establish such connections so early.

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