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What's catfishing?

Catfishing is a scam where a person misrepresents themselves online. They create profiles that contain fictitious information and images and present it as their own lives. These images can be stock photos or taken from other people’s actual profiles.


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It is generally used to lure people into some kind of online relationship. Sometimes that’s where the scam ends, but there are instances where it is used to steal from the victim or hack their accounts. The “catfish” refers to the predator who creates the false identity. Catfishing is abusive and deceptive. Catfishing is common and can happen to anyone. If you’ve been using online dating apps or even just existing on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll have come across a catfish at some point in your virtual existence.

Resource:Catfishing. (2022). https://www.cybersmile.org/what-we-do/advice-help/catfishing