Catfish Awareness Day may not be a national holiday (yet!), but we sound the alarm for a new informative holiday to share with family and friends. Yes, folks, catfish are everywhere and looking for creative new ways to pull the wool over your eyes.
Some want to trick you into falling in love with them, for personal satisfaction, while others will say or do whatever it takes for you to give them money. Catfish lack integrity and concern about their victim’s well-being.
If you want to stop catfish, the key is to bolster yourself with information, resources, and awareness. By working together, we can reduce the number of romance cons and catfish crimes for 2019 and beyond!
Who Do Romance Scammers Target?
Catfish trick everyone from teens to seniors and those in between. It is safe to say that you probably have a spammer or scammer in your inbox or DM’s as we speak. For this trend to change, it is crucial that victims of catfish band together.
Catfish Awareness Day is the day you’ve been waiting for, to bring your catfish out of the shadows to face justice and be held accountable for their actions! Catfish leave more than one victim. One catfish might trick multiple people at once using a romance scammer playbook.
While victims suffer, the individual, who owns the stolen photos that the catfish used may also experience stress. Many models, actors, and influencers receive painful messages from victims of catfish who believed they were the ones conning them!
Why Do We Need to Bring Awareness to Catfish Scams?
Catfish Awareness Day is about protecting daters, online users, and gamers from being tricked by anyone who isn’t who they claim to be. If you have been “catfished” or know someone who is or was a catfish victim, it is essential to remember that you are not alone.
At Social Catfish, we make it our mission to catch and expose every catfish who deceives an innocent person. The FTC reports that, in 2018 alone, $143 million was lost to catfish through romance scams. As staggering as that dollar amount is, that only applies to reported catfish crimes and not the many (more) victims who experience broken hearts and empty wallets, but stay quiet out of shame.
Check out the National Catfish Awareness Day page for more information on this day that will be held on the 1st of October:
Catfish of the world, consider this the writing on the wall. We are tired of keeping quiet. We know your tricks and scams and can’t wait to reveal them. If you’re still wondering if you are being catfished, conduct a quick and easy reverse photo, name, email address, phone number, or username search at Social Catfish.
We have staff on call, available to help with more complex catfishing situations. If you help us stand up and spread the word about Catfish Awareness Day, you will protect many people from online romance con artists.