Being catfished: what is it?

Catfishing is when someone lures another person into a relationship by pretending to be someone else online.

It’s been around a while, but now catfishing is getting a bit more complicated, in turn making online dating riskier (remember ClicChat isn’t online dating).

For many years and still now, you could be catfished by someone using another person’s photos. You could always cross check those pics by doing a Google Reverse image search .

But now, technology in apps such as Snapchat allows people to change their gender and a range of looks. It could be just enough to make someone who’s married, be less than recognisable.

So if you’re going to date online, here are some safety tips:

  1. Do the basic checks - check the photos with Google Image Search.
  2. Try a video call - it’s much easier to pick up a filter or fake if they’re on the video - but do it in a place that’s not easily recognisable as your own home.
  3. Remind yourself they’re still a stranger - don’t start divulging too much information, especially financial or information that you don’t want repeated.
  4. Meet as soon as possible so you can see if the person is real - but do so in a public place and make sure you’ve told friends first where you’re going.
  5. Don’t be afraid to get the other person to prove themselves. Explain that they seem too good to be true and if they get upset with that, then you might have reason to be concerned.
  6. If things get a bit flirty and sexy, don’t send identifiable photos that you wouldn’t be happy to have on your Facebook or Instagram page.

Let’s remember this though, being catfished isn’t something we should get used to. It’s important to maintain control of ‘you’ in an online relationship. Ask yourself, am I already making

concessions for this person even before I’ve met them?

It’s for all the reasons above that we created ClicChat so that you’ve actually seen the person in reality, you choose who sees your online profile and who you end up chatting to.

‘The one’ might be out there and they might just be crossing your path each day.

Image Credit: Photo by Will Turner on Unsplash