- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I don’t have a real story to tell, but like you I got caught up in a small online relationship when I was very young and this was back in the AOL days (A/S/L??!!– inside joke for those who were on AOL with me).
Anyway, it went from chatrooms to IMs to phone calls, but there was something suspicious about his situation and I eventually cut it off because of the little things that didn’t add up to a whole story. Interested to hear who has a real catfish story!
Anyone else with some stories?
I was in a large internet community when I was younger. One of the people in it was a “guy” who would constantly talk about his GF. Well, the “guy” was actually a girl. She eventually came clean. Her life was kind of a mess, teenage pregnancy, in the foster care system, and her only living family was going through cancer. She really just needed an escape, and was pretty honest about everything once she decided to be honest. She appologized personally for about ten minutes to each of us she decieved.
I even met her when I went to study abroad. I remain in contact with her, and her life has actually turned out pretty well since that point.
aquastar: I would like to contribute to this for the soul purpose that someone somehwere thinks they’re speaking to me but really they’re not!
I have had two instances where friends have commented me showing me profiles of “myself” that are obviously not me. They use my pictures but also mix in others. For the most part I don’t care because I cannot control what people do and I keep my life fairly private but the two reasons why I do care are because 1. the photos were taken off my private FB so I must know this person and 2. They use photos of my face and various other “body shots” of other women in scantily clad outfits and promiscuous poses. I just would not want anyone to think those photos were me.
The thing I find most entertaining about it is that these profiles have always had all male friends and “I” always had italian names, which is hilarious because I am polish, scottish and irish.
missjz: have you found the fake profiles on facebook and messaged the person on FB to confront them?
having been through it and all the lies and wasted time it dumbfounds me what these people’a intentions are. Why if they know they never intend to meet the person do they trick innocent people into thinking they’re serious or someone they’re not. Wish Facebook was around when I chatted to my catfish. I deleted all the pics cuz of how hurt I was at the end of it, only wish I had them to be able to search the pics through google!
you should report the fake facebook profile to Facebook and get them to shut it down
There is a guy out there who probably thinks that I am a catfish of some sort… After about two weeks of talking online, and him sending me guitar riffs he had written for me, he wanted to move to my city and move in with me. NOPE! That was super duper awkward and a pain in the ass as he tried internet stalking me/phone stalking me/accusing me of misleading him for funsies. Thank god he lived about 8 hours away and was broke as balls.
aquastar: Yes, I have reported them both. It get’s even moe complicated because they would create fake male profiles who would strike up conversation with me pretending to be tricked by the fake me.
ALl in all this individual is a sick sick person. I have a guess as to who it is but I am not entirely sure. It makes you limit your friends that is for sure. Ultimately the profiles were shut down, but they still had the stock pile of photos saved so they just make a new one.
When I was probably 15 or 16, I started talking to this guy from Coral Springs, FL who claimed to be this buff italian guy (pictures) lots of photos, but never webcammed…His name was Jay.
After many chats, we talked on the phone once and his voice sounded like a boy who had yet to go through puberty, and very shy.
Voice definitely didn’t match the face…so I dropped it there. I know 100% it was a catfish!
I’ve never been Catfished, but did meet both my DH and ex online. I wasn’t looking for relationships, mind you… they just grew past friendship. Each time I see ‘Catfish’ on TV, I make sure to thank DH for being exactly who he portrayed, though. 😛
I’m not sure it qualifies as Catfishing, but when I was a freshman jn highschool I was part if a chatroom where a middle aged man pretended to be a teenager. He was in an online relationship witht a girl in the community and I still remember the day the broke up and she was super upset but wouldn’t tell anyone why… I don’t know why she didn’t warn the rest of us. He turned his attentions to me and even after I found out he was In his late 40s I kept talking to him. He tried to make plans with me and started sending me sexually explicit texts at which point I told my parents and we brought it to the police. This was in the late 90s/early 00’s so they really didn’t have much of a system in place for dealing with it. I think they sent someone to talk to him and that’s about it.
Thinking back, I must have given my parents a lot of gray hairs!
That being said, I am still in contact with someone else I met in that chatroom and I have no doubt he is who he says he is- we have talked on webcam a million times, we are friends on fb, I have interacted with his family, etc. I have actually met a lot of boyfriends online…including my husband 🙂
H and I watch Catfish re-runs every afternoon like a ritual! Most people assume we met online, because our relationship was LD, but actually we met on vacation. Thankfully, he told the truth about all the details he shared over the phone when we first got to know each other.
never trust people on the internet, they aren’t always who they say their are.
when i was in high school, my friend’s father was caught in a sting operation and sent to jail for posing as a young man and luring underage girls for sex.
he was a family man, had a great job, was involved in the community.
you just never know.