Posted in Crazy Internet, on May 27th, 2015

How to identify an online catfish – Easy as 1 2 3

I’m not talking about the kind of catfish you eat, or catch with a rod and reel.

Several months ago, I published an article about a cute little catfish named Tracy. Here’s one of three pictures she emailed me.

online-catfish

Now I ask, does this girl look familiar? Perhaps she does. This is  a professional entertainer by the name of Lana Brooke. Ms. Brooke does not seem to be that popular. She only has 723 Likes on her Facebook Page. Lana Brooke’s website is not very high in rankings, and does not get that many visitors.

Overall, she does not seem to be that popular or significant. There are two things to consider. First, she is significant enough for someone to steal her identity in order to con people out of their money. Second, her name is not Tracy, like the little catfish said.

Tracy is a “small-time” catfish

Little Tracy made two mistakes. First, she stole Lana Brooke’s identity. Second, she only asked me for $2 thousand, which I saw coming from a mile away. And by the way, I didn’t give her any money. I’ve been approached so many times by these people that I am used to them. If she was really big time, she would have gone after $10 thousand or more. Perhaps she is new to this type of business.

Identifying a Catfish  is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3

If someone contacts you through Social Media, tells you how wonderful you are, and then tries to hit you up for money, don’t fall for it.  There is a way to identify an online catfish and find out who the person in the picture really is. This can be done in less than a minute. Unfortunately, I’m not going to tell you how to do it here. If you want to know how to identify a catfish, I afraid you’re going to have to contact me. In a private message, I’ll tell you everything you need to know, and how to find out who is trying to scam you.

Who knows? I may get an email from Dr. Phil.

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