CatFishing Scam: Online Dating, Love or Romance Deception

Fraudsters, scammers or cyber-criminals are using new creative ways of deceiving lonely persons who use online dating websites in the hope of finding long lasting love. This act is known as CatPhishing or CatFishing, a dating or romance scam where persons perpetrate themselves as someone they are not on an online dating or social media website, in order to gain access to personal and banking information from their "online love".

CatFishing Scam  Online Dating, Love or Romance Deception

What these scammers will do is, create fake online accounts on dating websites or social media where they prey on your emotional side expressing their love to you in a very somewhat short time as a means of building your trust and gaining your interests. They also appeal to your compassionate side by sharing personal information, stories and even send you gifts by making you feel loved.

Once these scammers have earned your trust they will ask you for large sums of cash, gifts or your banking and credit card information. They will express their need for a number of reasons. Some of these false claims to victims are that they are facing financial problems or they have a close relative who is not feeling well and is in the hospital. These scammers will push on your emotional side and ask you to send money to assist with medical bills. They will also make arrangements of romantic travel visits to you in an attempt to have you pay for their plane tickets but will never show.

How to spot warning signs and safeguard against being a victim of dating scams:

  • You may do a Google search on profile pictures of the person you are communicating with if you somewhat believe you are being tricked. Verify that the person they say they are is ture.
  • The person is always calling and asking you for money.
  • Never send your money to someone that asks you to pay money through money orders, wire transfer or international funds transfer for any reason given.
  • Never trust a complete stranger with whom you have never had face-to-face contact with your personal or banking information.

If you are a victim of CatPhishing or CatFishing dating scams, please contact your local authority. Also if somewhat believe you have shared your banking information to a fraudster, contact your bank or financial institution immediately. Also share this with your friends and family so they are aware of this scam.

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  • December 10, 2019 at 11:02 PM by an anonymous user from: Clevedon, England, United Kingdom

    Most of this people claiming to be military on dating sites are scammers. You find them on every dating sites, also on instagram. I was involved in a romance scam that I lost a lot of money to the tune $500,000 . I advice you to always insist to see your alleged lover before any financial commitment...

  • August 24, 2019 at 12:22 PM by info

    "From: jennifer awa <>

    Sent: Saturday, August 24, 2019, 01:58:11 AM GMT 2

    Subject: Hello my dearest

    Hello my dearest

    How are you doing my name is Miss jennifer awa I am interested to know you more, Beside i have something very vital to disclose to you,"

    Here is another scam.

  • June 20, 2019 at 12:01 PM by info

    From: FAVOUR Johnny <>

    Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 7:47:42 PM GMT 2

    Subject: HI


    my name is Favour, please send me mail and i will give youy my pictures and tell you more about me.

    I hope our heart will lead to something great in time, because if you are true soul mate time will tell. I will always continue to pray for your good health. I look forward to hear from you soon, have a wonderful morning ahead.


  • June 20, 2019 at 10:30 AM by info

    "From: kathleen Braithwaite <>

    Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2019, 9:13:10 AM GMT 2

    Subject: Nice meeting you

    Hello Dear

    Nice meeting you, am Sgt.Kathleen Braithwaite from USA, a female,today i came across your contact through my search, please kindly reply me back there is something very important i want to share with you and i will send you some of my pictures for you to know me more.

    I,m waiting for your urgent response .

    Thanks and have a nice day.

    Sgt.Kathleen Braithwaite."

    Here is another scam.

  • February 20, 2019 at 7:25 PM by afarrow from: Blue Earth, Minnesota, United States

    I don't know how to track this but I want to follow this post

  • February 20, 2019 at 5:59 PM by an anonymous user from: Blue Earth, Minnesota, United States

    I was playing Words With Friends when I clicked on next game and it was with a stranger who starting talking too me, no big deal right.

    He asked for my phone number and started texting me he eventually asked for my email and started sending emails.

    The messages were all very nice not at all sexual (except for one about a dream he had then he asked how I felt about that).

    After about 3 weeks he said his bank account was frozen and he was working on a rig offshore in Canada and needed Itunes cards to do paperwork.

    I did buy them and scratch the code and send them because that wasn't going to amount to much and what if right?

    Anyway about 1 week later he started talking about the cold on the rig and needed to buy electronic jackets for himself and the 9 men on the rig with him and they cost 1730.00 each.

    I told him no I couldn't do that.

    He said you know you can.

    Why would he think I had that kind of money?

    Why would he present himself to me on Words With Friends as a 60 year old widower when my age isn't on there?

    Has anyone experienced anything like that?

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