Avoid getting Catfished!

Have you ever came across a Facebook profile that looked a bit sketchy? You’re getting friend requests and while looking to see if you share any friends in common, you realize their friend’s list is close to zero and that they only have one photograph, one previous post and no status history? These are just some of the red flags you might want to consider before hitting “Accept Request”; chances are, you’re gettingcatfished.

The term Catfish regarding social media originates from the TV show–you guessed it– “Catfish”. It is an MTV show that exposes people who have created fake social media accounts and pretended to be someone they’re not. Hence the term “catfish” has since been gained recognition and popularity due the high number of fake profiles out there.

In order to avoid getting catfished, you need to be able to identify the red flags that are associated with fake accounts. Because being catfished is not only deceitful and hurtful, but it could also be dangerous as someone might be trying to hurt you, as well.

  1. Here are some red flags you should look out for:
  2. You and that person don’t have any ‘friends in common’.
  3. Person’s friends don’t match the same location or details of individual.
  4. There’s one single photograph.
  5. The person’s school, job, hometown and other details are hidden or unknown.
  6. Person’s photo isn’t tagging anyone else even if its a group picture.

**Now..if that person’s profile passes the initial check point with no red flags, then… you might want to look out for these 3 :

  1. If they seem too good to be true, well you know–it probably is.
  2. If they find every excuse in the book to NOT meet in person, huge red flag.
  3. If they don’t do any video chats or post video of themselves, they probably don’t want you to see who they really are.