If someone you meet on a dating site or social network asks for personal information like additional pictures, parents info, drivers license, bank or any other personal info, don’t give it to them. Wi it’s not uncommon for individuals to try and get your personal information and even pictures. This gives them leverage if you ever try and call them out or report them. This happens and is not uncommon so, be careful.
Another tactic for catfish and online scammers is to get personal info to be able to hack into your personal accounts. We’re talking accounts like Facebook, email and even bank accounts. This is called phishing. Don’t give them any information that could lead to them gaining access to any of your personal or banking accounts.
It’s not common for someone you don’t know to come contact you out of the blue. Think about online with the same logic that you would in real life. The only people that would normally come to your house without you knowing who they are would only be a door to door salesperson or someone wanting to talk about their religion. If you don’t know the person then be suspicious! Ask question.
If someone that you don’t know is contacting you, there is most likely a motive for it. They are usually someone trying to deceive you by faking their identity, trying to scam you out of money or both. You need to protect yourself from being scammed and the best way is to not be afraid to ask questions.
What is Catfish? A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances. If you have ever watched the MTV show “Catfish” with Nev and Max, then you will know all about Catfishing. Because of the high use of all these social networks across the internet such as Facebook, Twitter, etc., and the diversity of different age groups whom are familiar with using the internet, Catfish scams have been on the rise the last few years. There are thousands of different dating websites across the internet today and people are getting Catfished on a daily basis. Do you ever wonder if the person you met online is actually the person that they say they are? Do you want to know more about this person? Do not wait to call us until you are a victim of a crime that could of been prevented. I will be showing you some tips and tricks you can use to protect yourself.
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