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What Is a 'Catfishing' Scam?

Started by bpagrawal, April 06, 2013, 05:31:46 AM

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What Is a 'Catfishing' Scam?
Today and in the next few days, you may read and hear a lot about "catfishing." But unless you're a teenager or happened to have seen the documentary "Catfish," you may have no idea what catfishing really is.
Here is a hint:
In a story that's shocking the sports world, Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o says that he met a girl online and they started an Internet relationship. The two apparently became a couple, and Te'o says that he was devastated when he learned that the woman had died this past fall. Now, it's been revealed that this girl never existed.
If you believe Te'o's version of the story, he became a victim of "catfishing."
Catfishing is basically an Internet scam or hoax in which someone pretends to be someone else online and nabs an unsuspecting victim.