Looking for love? You’re not alone. Your “perfect match” may just be a con artist who would love to target you with a romance scam.
Pre-COVID days, we saw that most couples that met online would have an expectation that they would eventually meet in real-life. However now that there are social distancing guidelines in place, meeting your newest companion could pose as a problem as catfishers could lie about their identity for months without being caught out.
Avoiding getting catfished can be very difficult, because of the sheer volume of people we interact with online each day. Therefore it can be difficult to check each identity for authenticity, however, there are tips to prevent or reduce your chances of being catfished.
ALWAYS REMEMBER: Don’t be afraid to trust your intuition. If something about your new online pal seems off, pay attention to that feeling. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Some of the ways you can prevent being catfished during Coronavirus are:
If you find yourself in a situation that seems like a catfishing scandal, make copies of all your communications ASAP. This is your proof that something fraudulent happened. People who catfish will delete the account and everything in it as soon as they think they have been caught.
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