Do you have a feeling you’re being catfished? In most cases, when people are concealing their true identity online, it’s because they’re running scams and don’t want to get caught. How can you tell if the person you’re talking with online is the real deal? If you sense there’s something fishy going on, here are a few ways to tell whether you’re being catfished.
Google Their Name and Photo
Most people will have some form of digital trail on Google. If you type their name into the “search” function and nothing credible comes up, this could be a red flag. You can also check the “images” function to see what other photos come up under the name they have given you. If that doesn’t help, try right-clicking on their profile photos, copy the URL, and then paste into images.google.com to see if there are other names associated with that particular image.
Check Their Facebook Account
Are there posts from friends and family? Have they checked in anywhere recently? Most people on Facebook will have some posts displayed from other people and where they’ve been. If their social media isn’t very social, consider this a red flag too.
Set Up a Video Call
One of the easiest ways to find out if someone’s true identity is legit, is to set up a video call. If they refuse to turn on the video or if they give you an excuse as to why they can’t appear on camera, be cautious of them.
Ask Them Something They Should Know
It’s easy to make up lies about a job or aspect of their life, but when someone is put on the spot with a specific question, few catfishes will know how to talk their way out of it.
Do they have their story straight? When someone’s entire identity is built on a web of lies, it can be hard to remember all the stories they’ve told. So be sure to ask lots of questions and take notes. It won’t take long for a catfish to start messing up their story.
Meet Them In Person
Before you get in too deep, ask to meet in person and make sure that it’s in a safe, public location.
Always trust your gut. Even if someone isn’t telling audacious stories or asking for money, if it feels off it’s worth investigating a little further. When you need confirmation that you’re not being catfished, contact us at The Smith Investigation Agency and one of our PIs will run the necessary background checks for you.