Written by Julcee Arendaying on October 9, 2019
7 Signs You’re Chatting a Catfish | Social Networking TipsTips
You’re chatting this wonderful guy. Ever since you met on a social networking app, you haven’t stopped talking to each other for weeks. Both of you always update each other on messenger.
He always sends you smiley emojis, asks for your selfies, and even requests for a voice message. He seems nice and is smitten all over you.
But something is off: You’re wondering if he’s a catfish or not.
For those who are not familiar with the term: A Catfish is a fake or stolen online identity created or used to begin a deceptive relationship (urbandictionary).
If you’re chatting someone who seemed to be “too good to be true” or is simply curious with the signs so you can avoid being a victim, here are the 7 signs you should be checking if the person you’re messaging on social media is a genuine person or a catfish.
7 Signs You’re Chatting a Catfish
Here’s a quick rundown of the 7 signs. For further discussion, scroll down for more.
- Limited Information
- Vague Posts
- Doesn’t Call
- Doesn’t Video Call
- They Refuse to Meet In Person
- They Ask for Gifts or Money
- Your Instincts Tells It
#1: Limited Information
Check the person’s social networking profile. When did he/she make the account? If it’s a few years back then there are lesser chances that this person is a catfish.
Not saying that everyone who made a new social network account is a catfish, it’s just that catfishes have accounts below than 1 year. Also, check the friends’ list (if possible), just to see if the accounts are reputable or not.
#2: Vague Posts
While you’re at his/her profile, check the posts. Does he/she have group photos? Photos about his/her family? Do people comment on the posts? If the feed seems active and there’s engagement going on, chances are the person is real. If it’s stagnant, you may better dig deeper into this.
#3: Doesn’t Call
Try calling him/her. If the person is saying a lot of excuses not to talk to you, it’s time to start having doubts.
#4: Doesn’t Video Call
Let’s say he/she said yes to a phone call, try to ask him for a video call. Voice can still give the illusion but a real-time video call won’t.
#5: They Refuse to Meet in Person
If the person is in the province or another country, it’s reasonable for him/her to decline. But if he/she is nearby, then declining a meetup is a huge red flag.
#6: They Ask for Gifts or Money
Aside from trolling around, this is the primary motive of a catfish. If they started asking you for monetary help, avoid this “internet friend” already.
#7: Your Instincts Tells It
If you’re already checking this post, chances are the signs are showing up already. With that, either you can dig up more to his identity or confront him/her about it. In that way, you’ll save up time, effort, and will make the heartbreak less painful.
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