Catfishing is when someone fakes their identity online to scam victims for money, to get revenge on someone, or are insecure about themselves. As part of the effort, Social Catfish released new data that was compiled using 2018 FBI data and from the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network. According to data from the FTC and the FBI’s IC3, in 2018 alone, over $505 million was lost due to catfish scams.
Even when I told him I was going to the FBI, and that my brother is an Erie County Deputy Sergeant, he refused to admit who he was, insisting his pseudo identify was that of his twin brother! Fortunately, I am grounded enough to realize I was being scammed; one "red flag" was that he had no problem with dating with 7 hours between us. Other "red flags" included his preference for texting versus talking, and what he, perhaps, thought was a glamorous job of being an independent contractor in the international gemstone mining industry. In text, he also told me about his "tragic" marriage and obviously made-up "death" of their young son. These fantastic tales prompted me to first search his identity via an identification verification Websight where, alas, there was no records of anything he told me, and even his "address" was...Show Full Story
My scammer asked to be my friend on FB around Feb/March 2018. I took months before I accepted. I noticed that we had numerous friends in common, in particular political friends. So after a few months (around May 2018) I noticed his request still out there and after checking out his page and the number of common friends had grown so I accepted. Almost immediately he began contacting me via messenger with "hello's" and "waves". I didn't immediately respond. One day I received another one and I waved back. He immediately asked how I was, I responded and asked why he was contacting me. He said he just wanted to be friends. Didn't hear anything for a couple of weeks. Then we started talking via messenger. All normal conversations. He was bi-lingual, articulate, had an extensive vocabulary, typing skills were good...Show Full Story
After 34 years of marriage, my husband passed away. He was bigger than life and actively knew people from church, work, college, Jaycees, and politics. He kept our life very busy and full of laughter. After he passed away, my 92 year old father moved in with me. He loved to go out to eat. I would get home and we would go somewhere to eat and get home around 8:00 pm. While I loved my dad, I was lonely for intimacy and a partner. I saw ads on television about finding your soulmate. Since my boss had found her boyfriend through one of these sites, I thought I would give It a try. I joined match.com.
Almost immediately, I was contacted by Emmanuel Jackson, who said he was from France. He had inherited a business in the United States...Show Full Story
I initially just allowed scammer in spite of only wanting game players for my Coin Master. He SAID he just liked to talk to different people. 6 weeks later. Just after he helped me celebrate my birthday, poof his job sent him overseas. Oh, yeah. I knew he was 2,300 miles away & job was oceanographer based in Seattle. I cried. Then we celebrated Valentine's day. We had nice conversations. Then a part broke & more red flags: I cried. He wanted Google cards, I tested him. He was limiting sexy talk to times when I acted most receptive. He I made him work 2 weeks for 2 $25 Google cards. I told him never again. He wanted me to be responsible for getting his bills paid, I cried. He said he'd be back on June 29th and I cried and waited. He never came & blamed me implying that I could help with bills. Laughable, but sad. Word twisters are so mean.Show Full Story
About a year and a half ago in 2018. I believe in September I met this idiot. He requested me and after 2 months my granddaughter told me to accept it. In that time my daughter and mother have passed so, I was really lonely. He told me to use hangouts which I had no idea how to work hangouts. I ended up making 2 gmails for hangouts! After a couple of months he convinced me to go on there, but i believe he had Facebook first. He unfriended me saying he was “hacked”. We went to hangout and he fell in love with me and I spoke to him and he kept on asking for money. I sent him a total of $16,000 and kept speaking to him. I just wanted someone to love me because of my losses! I decided to pay spokeo and it gave me so much information about him. It was different relatives and numbers. I was just probably about...Show Full Story