As most already know, the internet is full of scams and fraud. I have recently encountered this, but did not get taken in, so I am going to share a few tips on what to look for.
- Have you recently had a life change especially a loss?
- Yes. I recently had experienced the loss I’ve written about in previous blog posts.
- Have you joined something new that might catch attention?
- Yes. I joined an online grief group on Meetup.com and was approached by 3 different “widowers” within short period of time.
- Were you encouraged to go off-site to communicate off-site?
- Yes. One moved communications to email. Another moved communications to WhatsApp. Interestingly, I’m not sure any of these individuals knew that Meetup.com is NOT a dating site.
- Do their stories not quite add up? (This can just be a nagging feeling, and something you can’t quite identify.)
- Yes. Then check it out if you can. Do your research and pay attention to the details!
- Does the timing seem to be quite a coincidence? Does it seem to be too good to be true?
- Yes. Take this as a huge red flag!
I’m going to stop here. These are just some very preliminary questions everyone needs to be asking themselves right away. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female. Catfish come in all shapes, sizes, genders, and walks of life. That’s just part of illusion they weave.