By now most of us have seen the MTV show Catfish, but if you haven't, we'll give you the basic idea of what “catfishing” is. A “catfish” refers to a person you meet online who pretends to be someone they are not. Catfishes go to great lengths to take on another identity. They steal other people's photos and pass them off as photos of themselves. They make up fake stories about their lives and fake names. Many people fall victim to being catfished on the internet, so we're giving you four major signs that the person you met online is actually a catfish:
1. They Won't Talk On the Phone
If you've been talking to someone online for awhile, you'll eventually want to take it to the phone instead! If they refuse to talk to you on the phone, they're probably a catfish. They may be avoiding the verbal conversation because they're not the gender or age they claimed to be, and they don't want you to find out by hearing their voice.
2. They Never Upload New Pictures
If the person you're talking to only has a handful of pictures on their social media and they never upload any new ones, they might be a catfish. (Or they're just not into selfies….) Another thing to look out for is if they have no pictures with other people in them. Catfishes often steal other people's pictures, but very rarely take ones that have others in them.
3. They Refuse to Video Chat
This is a major sign you're talking to a catfish. We live in a society where most people have the modern technology to video chat through a webcam or Facetime. If the person you're dealing with won't video chat with you, they're either freakishly shy or a total catfish.
4. They Won't Meet You In Person
This is the indisputable proof that you're talking to a catfish. If the person you've been talking to online refuses to meet with you in person, they're a catfish. The only reasonable excuse to not meet in person is if they live very, very far away and do not have the resources to travel. Otherwise, there's a reason they don't want to meet you in person. So if you find that they keep making excuses to not meet you, they're probably a catfish.