It may be that you’ve just met someone who loves all the things you do and that’s great if that’s the case.
If someone starts declaring their undying love for you after a couple of weeks, it could be a sign that they may be trying to catfish you.
They may also try and get you off a dating site and into the realm of texts, instant messages or email as soon as possible.
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.
Most people find it hard to believe that anyone could sustain a relationship with a fictional persona but it’s not uncommon.
The growth of online dating has led to an explosion of catfishing and the combination of lust, infatuation or love means that innocent people can get manipulated or exploited.
Things turned strange when her 19-year-old niece asked her aunt’s fictional persona to kill her aunt. Catfishing can affect people from all walks of life and it’s easy to scoff at the victims but the damage is real.
Common sense isn’t always to the fore when it comes to matters of the heart but here are some clues that your online date is an online fraud.
They can be motivated by the desire to live vicariously through a fake persona, to extort money from a victim, to make mischief or any number of other intentions.
Other sinister cases can involve sexual predators or stalkers who use this online anonymity to get close to their victims.
Online dating scams usually start with an attractive person initiating contact through social media or dating sites.