Online dating can be fun and exciting , but it can also be a playground for identity thieves, hackers, and other nasty people. As soon as someone contacts you, your best bet is to do a little investigation. It might seem a little creepy, but you have to take care of yourself first. A good offense will be your best defense. Check out their dating profile and make sure it looks like someone spent time on it. Google their name and check if they have social media accounts or anything else that suggests they are a real person.
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Nicole Marie Allaire does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. On the internet, you can become anyone you want to — at least for a while. Much of the time, lies are meant to make the person telling them seem better somehow — more attractive, more engaging or otherwise worth getting to know. Named in a movie that later expanded into an MTV reality series , a catfish is a person who sets up an intentionally fake profile on one or more social network sites, often with the purpose of defrauding or deceiving other users. It happens more than people might think — and to more people than might believe it. Many times in my own personal life when I was seeking to meet people online, I found that someone was being deceptive.
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AN unlucky-in-love mum has told of her disastrous dating experience on Plenty of Fish - which saw her catfished 25 times in a year. Glam mum-of-two Samantha Thorne, 42, joined the app after her second divorce, and was initially optimistic after matching with hunky blokes. But she quickly realised she was a magnet for 'catfishers' - men whose profiles did not match their true self. Unlucky Samantha sussed out a potential suitor who was really using a male model's pics, and a bloke who asked her on a date in order to swap her - at a swingers club. A year of dating disasters somewhat put her off the app for a while until she tried again last year and met her now-partner David Tyson,
By Monica Greep For Mailonline. Samantha Thorne, 42, from Dartford, Kent, joined Plenty of Fish after her second divorce, but quickly realised that several of her matches weren't who they appeared to be on their profiles. After a year of dating disasters, the mum-of-two met her current partner David Tyson, 55, during lockdown. Speaking of joining the app, Samantha said: 'I decided I'd give it a go.
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