Just take this recent study backed by The UK's Serious Organized Crime Agency (their version of the FBI): They found as many as 200,000 British daters have been duped by online romance schemes – 2% of the population.Scammers love to target dating sites because they're often chock-full of prime candidates for fraud: people (usually women) over age 40 who are divorced, widowed, elderly or disabled.
Someone came up with an idea to put catfish in the tanks with the cod.
Being a natural predator (we haven’t been able to verify this as we couldn’t find any data supporting the claim and the fact that catfish are fresh water fish), the catfish would chase the cod and keep them moving and agile which, in return would produce a better quality cod.
Well, Vince (the husband of the woman; Angela who “catfished” Nev) compared this story to her efforts in contrast to their online relationship where she lured him in and “stimulated” him.
This is a nice way to put it since most of these online relationships are purely selfish and the catfish usually has a motive for what they’re doing.
Because of the show, the term Catfish is now used describes a recently popular “outed” dating scam and is a term coined by “Nev” Yaniv Shulman and his film crew including Max Joseph (Nev’s partner from the TV show Catfish) leading back from the movie Catfish.
Know this, catfishing people online is nothing new and has been going on for years since the first dating site [email protected] and many others were introduced around 1995.Catfishing is not a surprise since data suggest that 1 in 10 dating profiles are fake on these dating sites.Before the show, these were known as scams and have since been bundled with the word catfish.A Catfish scam occurs when someone assumes a persona (or many) in order to trick another person into believing that they’re really that person online.Oftentimes a “Catfish” will go to extremes to continue their lie and typically use social networks, dating sites and all different types online forums.They might display fake profile pictures, get a separate phone line and even create a complete online profile with “fake” friends to cover their tracks.