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How to Catch a Catfish on the Internet

 
By Rebecca Sarmiento. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Catch a Catfish on the Internet

The internet has taken over many of our tasks and made our work faster and our lives easier. Thanks to the internet, letters, information and even romance are just a click away. But all this ease of access also comes with a price. The internet makes us vulnerable to scams in different ways. In this OneHowTo article, we will discuss how to catch a catfish on the internet.

As described by Dr. Phil, a "catfish" is a person who creates a false online identity in the hopes of luring people into romantic relationships. Here are some of the ways we can catch a catfish:

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Google Image Search

When you go about meeting someone online, asking for their picture is a normal thing. In order to catch a catfish, you can easily check if the picture they sent is authentic by using Google Reverse Image Search.

Click the camera button on Google Image Search and upload the image sent to you. The websites where the picture appears will be listed down. If the pictures appear on a lot of sites, it should be a red flag that the person you're talking to is lying to you since they couldn't even send a real picture of themselves.

How to Catch a Catfish on the Internet - Google Image Search

Mister or Miss Perfect

Anyone can claim anything if they're hidden behind their keyboards. If the person you're talking to seems too good to be true, chances are they are.

If their life stories are absolutely perfect, there's a very big chance the person is lying. Resist the temptation to fall for it. The more attractive the story, the higher the chances of it being untrue. So yes, if they tell you about their great career as a neurosurgeon in the morning while being a robot scientist at night and occasionally running 50k marathons while rescuing stray puppies at every chance they get, it's time to ditch them.

No Webcam Rule

If your online partner doesn't want to show up through the webcam, it's probably because they are trying to hide something from you. They don't want you to know their actual looks or give you any more details aside from those that could be easily typed on the keyboard. If you request for webcam dates and they refuse or always keep making excuses, it's best to get on packing.

Endless Excuses

If they claim to live nearby and keep making up excuses just to avoid meeting, this is a definite catfish red flag. If you two look like you're hitting it off online, there's no excuse not to step up the ladder and take your relationship to the next level. The only reason the person would avoid seeing you is if they have been lying the whole time.

This is how to catch a catfish on the internet! Remember to have an honest communication, and if you're using Tinder, check out our article for that platform in particular.

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