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Brown Bear on a field

How to spot a catfish

Ever since Nev and his crew burst onto our screens in 2010 with their super creepy ‘Catfish’ docu-film, it’s raised the question that occasionally crosses our mind – do I really know who I’m talking to. 

Granted, that particular incident was extreme, but it wasn’t isolated. I mean, they managed to film several seasons hunting catfishers all over the USA. 

Most of what I’m talking about here isn’t complete human overhauls, but it’s important to make sure whoever you’re chatting up isn’t masquerading as something they’re not. 

i.e. 10 years younger. 

Want to hear some of my dating stories? Click here for laughs, awkward encounters and generally terrible dates. Go on, you know you want to.

Keep an eye out for pesky fakers with these steps: 

  • Check their social media. Hurray for socials! Okay so social platforms might have given catfishers loads more channels to errm…fish? But take back the power, check Facebook and get more of an idea of who they are. If they have barely any friends or tagged pictures, they could be a wrong’un. 
  • Ask for a video call. Kind of tricky to turn down in the current circumstances. And a mask will quickly fall off, so if you’re unsure they are who they say they are – ask them for a Skype call and go from there. Want more tips on dating in isolation? Check out this blog. 
  • Too good to be true. Did the person of your dreams just slide into your DMs? Alas, it might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Everyone has flaws, but the person claiming to have none is probably hiding something (or many things).

We might all be a little guilty of embellishing our lives to impress others, we’re all human (or bear) after all. But real relationships are about accepting others and compromising on your ‘must have’ list. Be real and ask for it in return. 

And if you do one thing, just don’t send them any money. 

Hear my stories of muddling my way through the world of dating. Listen, read or watch. Enjoy, cringe or recoil, the choice is yours.