Catfish – defined in the urban dictionary as “someone who pretends to be someone they’re not, using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances”
“I’m a 5’9″ blonde, weigh 110 pounds, have 42 DD chest, & make a mean Sunday Dinner”
OK – let’s just state the obvious here, shall we? It’s the internet, you can hide behind a computer screen and live a fantasy life and hope that someone falls for it. Why are so many people falling for it?
These people go to great lengths to pretend to be something they’re not. There are plenty of stories out there about individuals who thrive on pretending to be someone that they are not. Sometimes it is just a game to them to see if they can trick the other person into believing their lies and in other cases it can be more sinister, leading to grooming or deception that can lead to fraud.
What type of people do this?
What are the Pro’s and Con’s of an internet relationships ?
How can you help yourself by spotting the tell tail signs of a false internet relationships :
They refuse to talk on the phone
They always make up excuses not to meet up and travel a lot
They are full on before you even have time to get to know each other
They have lots of friends on social media who are multinational and lack substance
Always asking about everything about you however they may give limited information about themselves
Use your gut instinct, if they are to good to believe then the alarm bell should start ringing. Always remember these people are strangers! Remember that! Unless you’ve met in person and verified who they really are don’t trust anything they say to you.
All too many people these days seem to live ‘virtual’ lives, connecting with others mainly by social media, but how truthful are the people we meet on-line? It is easy to embellish a little, but where should we draw the line? How can we protect ourselves from being catfished if we still suspect that something is not right and we want piece of mind before moving the relationship to the next level?
Today in Britain one in five heterosexual couples meet online and a whopping 70 per cent of homosexual couples found their partner via the web, therefore it can’t all be doom and gloom, or can it? It is also said that online daters are 28 per cent more likely to split from their partners within the first year.
This is where an Investigator comes in. An investigator can use technical skills and knowhow to find out if the subject is in fact where s/he is telling you s/he is. This is often the first untruth to be told as it can give a reason for not meeting with you in person – distance being a problem.
Normally we find when someone lies about one thing, they’ll lie about many. How sure are you that the picture they have posted is not someone else? Covert cameras can be used in daytime or night time mode, date and time stamped to provide you with incontrovertible proof as to who you really are starting this relationship with.
Internet relationships are not a bad thing and they can lead to a lasting relationship. Our investigations can give you peace of mind and reassurance that it is safe to take this relationship to the next level. SIKA SIA works in complete confidence, speedily and efficiently. We are completely led by you, how far you wish us to go, how deeply you want us to investigate.