Apps like Tinder and Bumble are popular sources for finding a date online, but they're also a playground for scummy catfishers, like the one who fooled 16 women in one night on Tinder. A catfisher creates fake profiles on social media sites and dating apps in order to prey on the vulnerable in hopes of humiliating them, scamming them for money or simply because they're bored. If you're using dating sites or apps to find a potential partner, always exercise caution before you get too involved. A catfisher can be anyone, from a stranger to someone you know, like an ex-lover. Or worse, it could be a stalker trying to find out more information about you. Always look for signs, like if it feels like someone's trying to get too close, too quickly or if they always have excuses for not meeting in person or video chatting with you.
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Dating has changed a lot in the past few decades, for better and for worse. It's great that meeting someone new is so easy now, but the rise of online dating has also opened the door for a peculiar new scam called 'catfishing. Catfishing is an online con where someone assumes a new identity in order to seduce a stranger on the internet. Some people do this for companionship, because they feel like their own identity isn't good enough. Others do it in order to trap people into handing over money or services. Like the "Can you hear me?
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The person is good-looking, kind, and charming, and you seem to get along better and better. It took only a week for you two to fall for each other. But there also is something strange about all this. Your online friend disappears for days and keeps avoiding live conversation even after a few weeks of messaging.
Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers—it's also very popular among scammers looking to extort cash from the lonely hearts out there. Today, 40 percent of dating app-using Americans will turn to their smartphones to find a match, according to the below chart provided by Statista. However, many do not realize the dangers of romance scams. According to cybersecurity company ESET, 52 percent of people say loneliness around Valentine's Day makes them vulnerable to catfishers, yet don't take precautions.