If they never post pictures of themselves in social situations or with friends, it can also be a bit fishy.Real people tend to be tagged in group photos or pictured at social occasions, with comments from friends.
However, it can be suspicious if you can’t find any trace of a person.
The average Facebook user has 130 friends so people who only have a handful of friends may be fake.
The term “catfish” captured the public imagination as a result of the documentary film and the MTV reality TV series that followed.
Catfishers lure innocent people into an online relationship by posing as someone they’re not.
Online dating scams usually start with an attractive person initiating contact through social media or dating sites.
A common theme is that catfishers use picture of models, actors or a member of the beautiful people club.
Most catfish scams will use an attractive profile picture to keep the victim hooked and to make them want the fictional person to be real.
If a profile picture looks way too good to be true, it’s simple to check if the image is real.
Most people find it hard to believe that anyone could sustain a relationship with a fictional persona but it’s not uncommon.