People make up false identities for many reasons. While some people might take another identity for their physical safety, others create a new persona to manipulate, bully or defraud unsuspecting people.
Going online to find your soul mate is a high-risk undertaking, as it requires the exchange of information with people you don’t know and who may be hiding their true intentions.
In the digital era, many forms of online subterfuges are used to deceive or financially harm you, and catfishing is one of them.
In catfishing, an individual uses someone else’s information to create a new online identity. The con artist’s end goal is mainly to gain their victims’ trust and make them fall in love to steal their money. A fake online identity can also be used to damage the reputation of the impersonated individual, even though it was created for the sole purpose of entering a dishonest relationship with other people online.
Here are some chilling stats:
Catfishers don’t stick to just one victim, as their social engineering skills and talent at conning individuals allow them to swindle multiple people at the same time.
The Netflix docu-series the Tinder Swindler stands as a cautionary tale of multiple women who were conned out of hundreds of thousands of dollars after falling in love with a young billionaire in the diamond industry (or so they thought) online.
It’s true, the most common venues for catfishing are the popular dating apps and platforms, where scammers set up fake profiles to hook unwary victims.
Once they’ve gained your trust and love-bombed you, the swindler will start asking for money, always making up a plausible reason for why he can’t meet with you or go on a real date.
You can never be too sure about the person you just met online or on a dating app. The best way to spot a catfish before they break your heart and bank account is to look out for these red flags:
Catfishing season is year-round. To protect your emotional and financial well-being, use caution in all your online interactions, especially if you’re online dating or are considering setting up a profile. Stick to these rules for peace of mind:
Bitdefender can help you find out if your personal information and other key pieces of your digital identity are in the wrong hands. With Bitdefender’s Digital Identity Protection service, you get a complete view of your online presence and learn how to manage your personal data to avoid privacy threats so you can protect your identity and online reputation.
With Bitdefender Digital Identity Protection you can:
Alina is a history buff passionate about cybersecurity and anything sci-fi, advocating Bitdefender technologies and solutions. She spends most of her time between her two feline friends and traveling.View all posts
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