My mom has been CATFISHED Multiple times!

posted 3 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wow, that’s crazy!  Have you done an Intelius.com search on this guy (or other people search)?  You need to get through to your mom about how DANGEROUS it is to meet a stranger in this manner.  See if you can get any other info on him as well.  Coffee in a public place is one thing, but she is not being smart.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Countant819:  This makes me sad. He is pretty clearly fake and in all honesty- you probably don’t need to worry about her meeting him because there will most likely be some sort of “emergency” that keeps them from meeting. BUT- he might also be one of those guys who tries to get money out of people. In any case, I would insist that she take someone with her or make him come to her and have someone else there. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

@Countant819:  That’s not good. Would your friend who lives near her be willing to talk to her in person about how dangerous it is? Maybe two people will help change her mind.

 

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Countant819:  I feel you. My dad started dating last year and I’m so worried someone is going to break his little heart. Even though he hasn’t had any catfish situations, it’s still been so weird talking to him about his dating. I think he’s uncomfortable talking to his friends because they’ve all been married for decades so they don’t know much more than him about the current dating scene. Since I did a lot of internet dating before I met my FI, he comes to me and I’ve tried to be super supportive and open. But when your dad is being vague about why he thinks a lady is not interested in being more than friends and you finally have to ask “Did you try to make a move and she dodged it?” it’s horribly awkward!

Just keep checking in on her. Unfortunately, she’s going to have to learn for herself, but hopefully you can help her steer clear of the worst situations. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Countant819:  Have you tried doing a Google search with his pictures?  Maybe see if you can link them to any other profiles?

Your mother is really lucky to have you looking out for her.  I hope she doesn’t get hurt.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Yikes!  I don’t know what’s scarier, the fact that I had to Google what “catfished” meant or that your mom is actually considering driving out of state to see a stranger!  Here’s hoping this “man” really will pull the last-minute-emergency deal and leave her alone.  

Post # 12
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Busy bee

@Countant819:  I was watching Dr Phil last week, and this lady had been catfished – she sent $200,000 to this guy. Please talk to her about not sending money to anyone she meets online – it may help to point out the tactics they use and some of the things they will say to get money out of people. She is way too invested in this complete stranger, and that’s what they prey on. They know all of the right things to say to make someone feel special, then the requests will start coming in for money.

I tried internet dating years ago, met some nice guys in the area but didn’t really click with them. I met one who lived 7 hours away, and although we discovered we were so far apart, we carried on a email-pal type relationship, talked about our dates etc. after a few months of that, we decided to meet. He drove down to see me and I was expecting sparks to fly, but they didn’t. There was no chemistry between us at all. point being, anyone can be who they want on the internet, they can portray a certain image. In real life, things can be different. I would warn her against becoming too emotionally invested until she actually meets the guy.

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Ask her what advice she would give you, as her daughter, if you presented this scenario to her and said you were travelling a couple of hours away to spend the weekend with a man she’d never met. 

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