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Protect Yourself From Catfishing

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Online dating can be an enjoyable experience. You see the commercials outlining happy relationships that lead to successful marriages all the time. In some cases, it works out great and in others, it can lead to heartache, financial loss, identity theft, and embarrassment. There are approximately 15 major competitors in the online dating world in Canada and the United States, and that does not count the people that begin speaking on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.

We wanted to share some new statistics about online dating that were released this year:

  • You are 56% less likely to get a person’s number if you use the word ‘sorry’ in your opening line when you message someone on a dating service.
  • Messages on a dating service that used words associated with laughing like “haha” and “lol” have a 17% higher chance of ending in an exchange of phone numbers.
  • 61% of adults who have tried online dating agree that it is easier and more efficient than other ways of meeting people.
  • Two spelling errors in a man’s profile will reduce the chances of a response by 14% from a woman. Spelling errors by women don’t affect their chances of getting a response.
  • 47% of men and 27% of women have encountered a first date who looked nothing like their dating profile image.
  • Between 2009 and 2014, the number of reports of serious sexual assaults during first face-to-face meetings following initial contact online rose in the UK from 33 to 184. This is a 450% increase.
  • 57% of males and 56% of females say that a happy relationship is more important to them than their careers.
  • 80% of Millennials (18-33-year-olds) have at some point in their dating lives been ghosted.
  • Annual revenue from the online dating industry is approximately $1,749,000,000.


Now that you know some of the good and interesting statistics in the online dating world we wanted to share with you some information to protect yourself against a predator.

Protect Yourself from Being Catfished

Phone Number

If they give you a phone number, you can download a free app called “True Caller“, available for both Android and IOS. You can place the number in the app or desktop version, and it will tell you the provider and or the name of the registered user. If the provider does not match local providers in Canada such as Rogers, Bell, Telus, Wind, etc. Then immediately ask the person why they have a VOIP number or why their number shows registered to text apps. Don’t fall for excuses.

Real Picture

If you ask the person to take a piece of paper and hold it up with your name on it to show confirmation that they are real have them hold up a colored piece of paper and one that is compressed into a ball in their hand then folded out. If they PhotoShop the image it’s nearly impossible to PhotoShop an image on a crinkled piece of paper, versus a flat and clean sheet of paper.

Wifi Access

Skype, ooVoo, FaceTime, and different video chat platforms are very common now, and it’s next to impossible not to be able to access Wifi for one of these features. If the person you are speaking with claims they have no Wifi, suggest they attend a cafe, restaurant, mall, library, school, etc. as most every business and organization now offers free Wifi.

Gather Info

Ask as many questions as you can and gather as much information as possible. It’s likely that the Catfish will tell you the truth about everyday life except their name, so it’s imperative to listen to all they say to narrow down their location, friends, and family, jobs, etc.

More often than not the Catfish lives in the town or city you live in.

Are You Being Catfished?

If you have found yourself beyond these points and you need answers on who your catfish is, then we can help. Our team of highly skilled professional private investigators can do a background check, or locate on the individual with the information you provide. We can also complete surveillance to determine who they really are and if they are dating or married already and just talking to people online for fun.

Call one of our Toronto Private Investigators today for a free consultation. We have offices in all major cities in Ontario and can help with your investigative needs throughout Ontario.

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