Catfishing is one very popular thing to do on the internet. What is catfishing? Catfishing is saying you are someone on the internet that you aren't. People use catfishing for many reasons such as for scamming people, pretending to be a celebrity, or maybe they just aren't comfortable with themselves. Either way this idea of pretending to be someone you aren't is very popular on the internet these days, and sometimes it can be very dangerous.
When people are catfishes they have fake profiles for whatever sites they are catfishing on, their name and picture are usually fake along with a lot of other information. They use these profiles to hide who they really are because they are insecure and don't want people to know who they really are, or they want to scam/hack people, or they are just bored and want to mess around with people. There are usually more catfishes on dating sites than anywhere else, also every 1 out of 100 people on the internet are catfishes.
Sometimes it is hard to figure out if the person is a catfish or not, but there are some things that you can look for to see if they are or not. First is look at the pictures on the profile, make sure the person in the photo is not someone famous that you can recognize. Also see how many photos they have, if they do not have more than 3 pictures this is a sign of the person being a catfish, and lastly see what the pictures look like, see if they are very HD and if they look professional, usually regular people will have normal looking pictures, ones that look like they are taken by themselves. Another sign to look for is what they post. If the profile is just a profile, very little or no posts they are probably a catfish. Lastly, if you are in an online relationship with someone and you want to know if they are a catfish or not, ask them to video chat with you, if they say no, or make excuses every time you ask they most likely are doing it because they don't want you to know that the person is a catfish.
Being catfished can also be a very dangerous thing to happen to someone. Someone could be pretending to be someone they are not and you, thinking they are someone else such as a girlfriend or boyfriend, could tell them information that should not be shared with just anyone. It is very important to stay safe online and to not just tell anyone any information, because if you do it could lead to stalking, hacking or many other dangerous things. There have been many cases as to where people found someone they are interested in online so they decide to meet up with that person, then the person turns out to not be who they said. Then the person who was catfishing them can do some very dangerous things, like murder, sexual harassment and many other things.
Catfishing can be done to anybody and is not just done to people who are dating, it can be done to friends or family. There are catfishes everywhere and that's why it is important to stay safe and make sure to know who you are really talking to online.