Thoughts on the Rod & Reel

So the prior three posts have been tips on how to uncover a catfish. If you encounter one, they will be charming, caring, and charismatic. Their intentions are far, far from romance or really any interest in you as a human being. Ultimately, they are there to use you and see what they can get from you. They are liars, manipulators, and pretenders. You are dealing with someone who couldn’t care less about you and has no moral center. If they did, they certainly wouldn’t be doing what they’re doing.

These are professional grifters. And they are good – damn good!

With lock downs and everyone moving online in the last few years, these catfish have had a bigger pool of less experienced internet users. Not to mention, due to the losses we’ve had through the pandemic, there are far more folks who are grieving and more vulnerable than they would be otherwise. Especially, if your in a position where you are isolated and/or distressed, take extra precautions! Do your due diligence!

These catfish have upped their game, and we must now do the same! It’s to the point where YouTube is now running adds warning people that if someone is asking you to send them a gift card, don’t do it! It’s a scam! Likewise, if someone is asking you to share your login to a streaming service like Netflix, don’t do it! They will be see all of your information on that account. Yeah, it’s a scam too! I shudder at the thought of someone giving access to their Amazon Prime account!

Take your time. Set and maintain clear boundaries. If those boundaries are not respected, that person needs to be gone – like yesterday! Don’t worry about hurting their feelings. They will simply move on to their next prey. Your job is to make sure you’re not the one who’s going to be their next meal. More than anything, be vigilant and stay safe out there.

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