Catfishing is a type of deceptive activity where a person creates a sock puppet social networking presence, or fake identity on a social network account, usually targeting a specific victim for deception. It is not that every unknown person one on the dating websites or social networking website is a fraud, but your safety is in your own hands. If you check the profile thoroughly, you can easily make out the difference between the real and fake ones. This often is used for relationships, such as the scenario in the movie Catfish. There are several ways people can spot a catfisher, all of which are imperfect. While online dating is a great way to make good new friends, it may also turn into a nightmare at times. It is a new way for sexual predators to interact with their victims and possibly harm.
It could be a social networking website or some dating website.
This page was last edited on 27 Januaryat They are not aware that their identity was used to create these fake relationships online. The motives of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man who catfished Manti Te'o, were never explained; some people speculate that Manti was in on the hoax for publicity. Catfishing media has been produced, often centering around victims who wish to identify their catfisher. The fake ID usually has very fewer friends and that too very weird and vague kind of friends. Look up catfishing in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.