Catfish Awareness Day 2019

Message from the owners

quote 5 years ago when we started this adventure we never realized what catfishing really was. The bulk of it isn’t what you see on MTV or an occasional story about a football star or actress. Most ‘catfishing’ involves scams that are run through the sites we use every day. Your social networks, dating sites and chat apps are full of people who are ‘fishing’ for their next victim. It’s the Facebook lottery, the person who randomly contacts you or even your children on social media.

These scams typically involve an emotional attachment and then a request for money or a bribe. And it’s not just the uneducated that fall for these scams, either. It’s lawyers and CEO’s, it’s the person next door and even your newly widowed grandmother – most of the time who don’t come forward because they’re embarrassed.

There are often two victims in this situation - the person who is being catfished and the person whose images are being stolen. The people who have their images stolen are unsuspecting victims who are contacted regularly by people who think they’ve fallen in love or are upset because they’ve think that they’ve been deceived. This often leads changes in lifestyle and a constant fear that they’ll run into someone that thinks they’ve been talking to each other.

If this is you, please share this and know that you’re not alone.

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Catfishing is a common problem seen on social media networks, dating sites/apps, and on most chatrooms

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CATFISHING STATISTICS

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.

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