They Were Catfished. See How You Can Avoid The Same Fate!

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Catfish Rule #1 - If they seem too good to be true, they probably are

Catfish Protip: If they seem too good to be true, they probably are. People who catfish others usually make up fake lives so they can be as extravagant as they want to be. It’s difficult for you to verify the information so, be careful if they live an extreme lifestyle.


if the catfish has broad interests

Catfish Protip: Online scammers and catfish usually have broad profile interests so that they can appeal to as many people as possible. So, if someone doesn’t seem to have an opinion or their interests are very broad, be wary. They may be out to scam someone. Some examples would be them saying that they can get dressed up and go to the opera or ride horses and kick their boots up. Most people don’t have interests that are this broad so, if this seems like a person you’ve met online, be careful.


if they fall in love with you quickly

Catfish Protip: If someone seems to be falling for you and pushing the relationship forward without having talked to you or after just a little contact with you, they’re probably trying to catfish you online. If someone seems to be falling for you and they write and say all of these loving things about you after a very short amount of time. Be careful. This is especially the case if they ask you for money right away.


if they don't know or use skype

Catfish Protip: If someone can only talk to you through chat or through email and things ‘keep coming up’ that prevent them from using a phone or from you seeing them in person, there is probably something funny going one. This is also the case if their you are able to talk to them and their voice doesn’t match their ethnicity (this isn’t always the case) or their voice seems to change and you start to question if that was the same person you were talking to before. Be cautious.


Catfish Rule #5 If they have to travel to middle east or Africa

Catfish Protip: Most scammers live overseas and having a ‘job’ that takes them overseas is convenient. If someone always has to travel to countries like Africa or the Middle East, be very careful if they start asking for money. In most cases, this will turn into a nigerian 419 scam. Also, think about why someone would ask you for money instead of other friends and family. This normally doesn’t make sense that someone would ask you for money over their family or friends that they’ve had for a while.


if they ask you for money right away

Catfish Protip: If someone asks for money after only knowing you for a little bit of time, be cautious. You may have been the target the entire time. And if they ask you to send it to someone else for any reason, make sure you stop communication as there is a high possibility that they’re a scammer. If you tell them that you don’t have money, see how fast a catfish will run. And even in some cases, we’ve seen catfish offer money and ask for bank account information. NEVER GIVE YOUR BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION OUT!


if they contact you out of no where

Catfish Protip: Think about it. The likelihood of someone contacting you out of nowhere and starting a romance with you is highly unlikely. So, if anyone is doing this to you, be careful. Also, be on guard if someone says a friend of a friend is trying to connect you two. Go to any contacts and try and verify if that information is correct before moving forward with them.


Cafish Rule #8 - If their profile is littered with bad grammarCatfish Protip: If someone lives in the U.S. but, has really bad grammar like it’s their second language, be aware and don’t be afraid to ask more questions before pursuing a relationship with out seeing or talking to them first.


Catfish Rule # 9 don't have pictures of friends or family

Catfish Protip: Online dating scams usually consist of a person ‘faking’ their identity so, keep an eye out if their online identity doesn’t look real. People should have contacts, friends and relatives on their social profiles. If they don’t, be open to the fact that the person may be lying. Most people will post pictures of themselves, their friends and will have real interactions with others on their social accounts. If they don’t they’re usually hiding something.


Catfish Rule #10 if they look like a model or if they could be famous

Catfish Protip: Most catfish try and look appealing so they’ll steal pictures of attractive people. The people can be models, movie stars or other famous people. Even famous people from overseas so, don’t let the fact that you don’t recognize someone as being famous fool you.


Catfish Rule #11 if they tell you unatainable or far-fetched stories

Catfish Protip: Most catfish that are trying to scam you will make up far-fetched lies so that you’ll feel sorry for them. If they do this and then ask for money, be weary.


Catfish Rule #12 - If you have a bad feeling

Catfish Protip: In the end, trust your instincts. Most people that come to us already have a hunch that something isn’t right. If that is you, you may be correct. You know when you have that unsettling feeling. When dating people online, trust your gut.

Here are a few extra tips:

13. If they are an engineer or have a job that takes them overseas, be very careful. Most 419 scammers have jobs that take them overseas where something dramatic will happen and they need to ask for money. If they live in the U.S. and they need to travel overseas a lot, watch for these signs.

14. If they have kids and have wife or parents that have passed away look for other signs. Again, this isn’t super uncommon but, if someone claims to have a close loved one pass away, look for other signs and be careful if they ask you for money.

You can also sign up to have us look into relationship or person for you. It’s totally private and the person will never know that you’ve done this. In a lot of cases, people do this to get peace of mind, not waste their time, avoid getting scammed or avoid getting hurt even more.

Disclaimer: Reference to any media/TV organizations should not be construed to imply an endorsement or sponsorship of or its products. is in no way associated with the TV Show or it’s cast members.