You can empower yourself by starting to listen to your rational voice, and you’ll soon be separating the princes from the frogs like a pro.
Here are some tips for spotting a Catfish: Do they look like a model?
Having a web chat is a great way to explore the level of chemistry between you.
If they claim to have no access to a webcam (unusual these days), your intuition might tell you something.
Be aware of anyone who constantly makes excuses as to why they can’t meet.
A good guide is to aim to meet in person within one month of connecting online.
Cast a more objective eye over your own profile and maybe get a friend’s opinion.Police estimate that Aussies send around million to internet scammers every month!Although the majority of these covert predators are based in Africa, mainly Nigeria and Ghana, they show up on our dating sites as attractive, Western-looking, perfect potential dates.Sometimes, our desire to find our ideal partner outweighs our rational thinking.Our right brain (emotional) tends to dominate our left brain (rational) and the inner voice that says “I want love” becomes so much louder than the voice that says “be careful”.Do they seem way too perfect to be a normal person?Search their photos using Google Search By Image – if you find the same images on lots of different sites linked to different names or if the images turn up on a stock photo site or modelling site, you might want to think twice. If they claim to be a brain surgeon and part time pilot, who enjoys running monthly marathons and volunteering to save the children in Africa, your alarm bells might start ringing. Early in your interaction, ask them to send you a photo and if they refuse, you might become suspicious.Falling for a Catfish has nothing to do with intelligence or rational thinking – it’s all about HOPE.When seeking love online, we put ourselves out there and subsequently make ourselves quite vulnerable.Many victims report that the person said all the right things, they tapped into their deepest needs and said only positive things.We all know that ‘real people’ have flaws and tend to say a combination of positive, negative and neutral things so look out for this.