How to spot a catfish on the internet


If you’ve been spending any time online, you’ve probably heard of the term “catfish.” A catfish is someone who creates a false online identity in order to trick people into thinking they’re someone else. They might use a fake name, age, location, and even pictures.

Catfishing can be harmless. Some people do it for fun, or to get attention. But some people do it to try to steal your money or your personal information.

So how can you tell if someone you’re talking to online is a catfish? Here are some common signs:

1. They’re reluctant to meet in person.

2. They have a lot of excuses for why they can’t video chat or meet up in person.

3. They’re asking for money.

4. They have a fake profile or pictures.

5. They’re using someone else’s pictures.

6. They’re avoidant of answering personal questions.

7. They’re using a fake name.

8. They’re not who they say they are.

9. They have a history of catfishing.

10. They’re trying to hide their real identity.

If you’re talking to someone online and you suspect they might be a catfish, the best thing to do is to just stop talking to them. You don’t want to risk getting scammed or tricked.

If you think you’ve already been catfished, there are a few things you can do. You can try to confront the person and ask them to come clean about who they really are. You can also report them to the site or platform you’re using. And you can warn others about them by sharing your story.


  1. This is a great article about catfishing and how to avoid it. I have been talking to someone online for a while and I started to suspect they were a catfish. I confronted them and they admitted it. I was really upset, but at least I found out before getting too attached or giving them any personal information.

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