Have you ever met a catfish online? Worse, have you ever lost money or had your heart broken through a romance scam? While the year 2020 may not have been what most of us expected, our popular Social Catfish YouTube videos will shock you even more.
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Read our review of the top catfish videos that you can learn from, laugh (or cry!) with, and share with friends or family. Whether you have been tricked or played by a catfish/scammer …. or simply want to protect others, before you trust someone that you’ve met online, watch our most popular YouTube videos and see if you’re about to be taken for a ride!
These are the Most Popular YouTube Videos of Social Catfish 2020!
Do you recognize any of the methods that these scammers use of the pictures that they trick their victims with? Let us know in the comments!
1. Woman Loses Mortgage & Life Savings in Romance Scam Using Another Man’s Pictures.
Cynthia wasn’t someone who believed that she’d ever risk her life savings or the home that her future depended on. She was wise enough to be discerning and not easily tricked by scammers. However, her romance scammer was particularly cunning and knew exactly what to say. Cynthia had tragically lost her husband to cancer and, when she met a retired pilot named Glenn Perry Hoffman on the dating platform eHarmony, she thought that she’d been given a second chance at love.
Believing that her connection on the platform was a lucky act of fate, she fell in love from afar and agreed to help her long-distance love leave Brazil. The only problem? Glenn was not the person he claimed to be and she would end up mortgaging her house twice, wipe out her 401k, borrow money from her boss at work, and max out her credit cards before she’d recognize that she was now the victim of a terrible romance scam.
2. Warning: Here’s a Celebrity Nigerian Romance Scam.
Would a scammer ever fake being a celebrity? In the case of our next Scamfish story, the answer is yes. While you’ve probably heard of romance scammers, did you know that some use fake videos? While the fake video tricks that catfish use may not involve A.I. deep fake technology, many scammers dub videos with fake voiceovers.
These dubbed videos seem so realistic that it gives their victims a false sense of security. Our search specialist, Linnie, completed an in-depth investigation to find out if the individual that Katonyia Fernandez was speaking with was the real thing. Her results will shock you!
3. Two Nigerian Scammers Fight Over the Same Victim!
Watch as we connect with a real-life scammer to find out whether or not catfish have any loyalty to their victims! Our next catfish survivor, Lisa, attracted 2 scammers: Michael and Philip. Scammer #1, “Michael”, contacted us after becoming concerned that another scammer named “Philip” was pursuing a woman that he hoped to catfish.
Michael suspected that Philip’s goal was to swipe $60,000 from Lisa. However, even after being presented with the facts, Lisa thought Philip might be telling the truth and only in search of a one-day hotel stay using bitcoin. Find out whether or not Lisa believed that she was dealing with a scammer after we spoke with her….
4. Nigerian Romance Scammer … or Future Husband?
Love can happen anywhere, which means that falling in love online and avoiding scammers and catfish is even more confusing. Judy Vaughn had been married for 38 years before her husband passed away and she met a military man named James Hackett.
In hopes of meeting James in person, Judy began sending him her disability and social security checks. “James” claimed it was needed to help him come back home. Unfortunately, our search specialist, Linnie, revealed a truth that was nowhere near the claims that Judy had believed. Find out more!
5. Nigerian Romance Scammer Tells Victim to Commit Suicide After Stealing Over $100k!
Rebecca had never heard of romance scams when her friend talked her into trying online dating. Having previously sworn off all men, online dating seemed like a great way to meet someone that Rebecca might have a connection with. Although she loved children, she was unable to have her own biological children… which made her connection with a single dad, Matthew, even more appealing.
Soon, Matthew’s money requests began. He would claim that he needed money while on a trip with his son or to help to pay his employees. The grand total of money that Matthew would collect from Rebecca was a whopping $100k and, when the bills piled up and Rebecca became suicidal, her romance scammer would tell her that she had to do what she had to do. Learn more about Rebecca’s experience and the shocking things that scammers will do for your money!
6. Army Sniper or Nigerian Romance Scammer?
Could you be tricked by a scammer for 7 long months? What if they were incredibly good looking and your version of prince charming? When Christine met David Porter on Mingle2, he claimed to stationed in Nigeria as a paratrooper and a sniper in the army. Having previously left an abusive relationship, it was Christine’s first time being in a partnership where she felt truly appreciated and recognized as beautiful.
About 2 months into the relationship, Christine’s scammer began asking for money. While she questioned him, at first, he convinced her that he was in love and only needed financial help as he was in the army. Seduced by his good looks (and muscles!). Christine kept on believing…. even while others around her were skeptical. Find out how she finally caught on to the truth!
7. Terry, an Active-Duty First Sergeant Logistics Specialist in the Army, Has Had His Picture Stolen by Hundreds of Scammers!
Should all military members have officiated social media profiles showing an authenticated badge? Terry believes so. His photographs have been used by hundreds (maybe even thousands!) of scammers. He receives messages daily from people who believe that he is their scammer or tricking them. He’s even been approached in-person by catfish victims! Learn more and see what Terry believes will help in one of our most popular YouTube videos!
8. Nigerian Romance Scammer Left Woman Homeless
Anyone can fall for a romance scammer and Betty was one of those people. After meeting a military man named Johnson David Spires on Mingle2, Betty became smitten and dated her scammer for 3 years. She had previously lost her husband and, once money requests came in, began sending him money.
This led to Betty selling her home and losing around 20K to her Nigerian-based scammer. She now lives in a tent and has sought help for her mental health and had to rebuild her connection with her family. The results of a catfish scam can be devastating, but Betty knows how easily it can happen.
9. Ex-Army Intelligence Officer Loses $25k to a Romance Scam After Being Widowed
Lea was a retired military intelligence officer and widow who was scammed out of $25,000 on OKCupid. She believed that she was dating a man called McMillan. Known for her intellect and discernment, Lea did her due diligence and verified her online love’s bank account information. She even researched factoids that he gave to her. Find out what our search specialist revealed and how Lea’s scammer forged the contracts that she was sent, to further dupe her out of cash!
10. One of the Most Used Influencer Faces in 2020 Military Scams
Tristan King is a social media influencer and marine stationed in Southern California. Happily married, he lives with his wife and is a well-known fitness enthusiast. His good looks and a healthy lifestyle have made him a target for scammers who steal photos from his Instagram account. The use of his photographs by scammers is so widespread that he has been tracked down by multiple victims. He has even contacted some of the scammers who steal his images directly. Tristan is saddened by people who have lost money to romance scammers pretending to be him and wants things to change!
Social Catfish is Here to Help You!
If you think you’re dealing with a romance scammer, if you are a cargo scam victim, or have had your pictures stolen, Social Catfish is here to help you!
If you want to be a part of our next YouTube video or blog post and share your story, now is your chance. You can educate the audience about what you have gone through and make sure no one else goes through the same thing. All you need to do is email ShareMyStory@socialcatfish.com, and we will get back to you with more details.
You can also reverse search any information you have on the cargo scammer to see who it is you’ve really been talking to. If you have their name, email address, phone number, social media username, or image you can search it up in our search bar to see if there is more information on the suspected romance scammer you are talking to.
Which of these romance scams shocks you the most? Have you ever had anyone use fake photographs or video voiceovers? Maybe your scammer pretends to be stationed overseas or living on an oil rig. If you have an online love interest who will video chat but not show their face, beware. If you need immediate assistance to find out whether you’re being scammed, contact our Social Catfish Search Specialist today! For a self-search, use our online reverse image, phone number, name, username, or email search and stop scammers in their tracks! Hope you enjoyed our most popular YouTube videos!