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Don’t Get Caught In A Catfishing Net Of Lies
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Every minute of every day, there is someone out there that gets conned through social media. Here, we give you a few tips on how to prevent yourself from getting catfished and leaving a mark in your life.

1. CHECK THEIR ONLINE PROFILES

Social media isn’t the best way to judge someone, but it is rather useful for determining if the person is real or not. A person that has less than 10 to 15 friends is a red flag. You can tell you’re being conned if their profile has barely any updates, no tagged photos or post from their “friends.”

2. ASK FOR A VIDEO CHAT SESSION

Every now and then, try asking for a short video chat session whether via FaceTime or Skype. If they get evasive about it, you should assume something is not right.

3. IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS

It’s easy to fake things online. If your virtual date boasts about their yacht or sports cars and claim to have invented a flying house, something sounds fishy. Ask the person to clarify, and if they get defensive, it’s a sign that they’re lying.

4. GO SLOW

Don’t fall head over heels too fast. Invite them for a hang out session with your friends to see if you have sparks in real life.

5. TELL YOUR CLOSE FRIENDS ABOUT THE ONLINE RELATIONSHIP

Tell your close friends about the relationship and hints of what is going on. If they show concern, take it seriously and think twice about taking the relationship further.

Catfishing can happen to anyone. But if you keep these tips in mind, and your radar on scam alert, you’re much likelier to avoid becoming catfish bait.

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