(Closed) Catfish experiences?

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Post # 32
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve had two experiences on the internet dating that I remember:

1) I was about 14. I met a guy on an MSN chat room, we talked for almost a year non-stop; phone, webcam etc. He somehow showed up on my parents doorstep one day, it was weird. My parent’s didn’t even know I went on the internet so the whole thing was just awkward. He ended up being a really nice guy though, we stayed in touch for years.

2) I was probably 13, a friend of mine came over and showed me chat rooms for the city we lived in. I didn’t even know how to use the internet at all! she was talking to some guy who asked her if she had a webcam, my parents had this gigantic webcam so she told him yeah and added him to her MSN, worst mistake EVER. So she goes onto MSN and add’s him as a friend, goes on webcam and is just being silly. He gets all sexual and says if she doesn’t show him more he will come to my house, she clicked out of the webcam and tried to block and delete him, he would just keep popping up over and over and our webcam was turning on. My phone at home started ringing and the voice was asking for my friend, I told him she didn’t live there and hung up. He called back and asked for me! I faked sick the next day from school because I was so scared, I was home alone and the phone rang, the guy says “are your parents home K****, I’m coming over”. Needless to say, I called my mom at work and spilled the beans- she came home right away and we called the cops. So freaky!

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@KateByDesign:  WHAT!?!?! House Hunters too!?!? 

you make me sad :o(

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@KateByDesign:  You posting that Catfish and House Hunters are not real is like finding out there is no Santa Claus…..I need to still believe in them.

Post # 35
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@KKG:  Wow that is so crazy! How did he get all that info so quickly? that is SO scary!

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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@KateByDesign:  Do you mean when he finds out who “the girl”?  I missed the last few minutes too.  🙁

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@KateByDesign:  Yeah, I think its definitely fake. =P

I wasn’t sure how I felt about the movie. I just felt that it was maybe a little bit exploitative if in fact it was real. =/ But since it probably isn’t… well… whatever. =P I wouldn’t call the show exploitative so much but I just wonder where they get their detective work from, haha.

But this stuff definitely does happen. I remember it was going on all the time when I was a teenager. I pretty much assumed everyone was fake and then the fake people would get mad at another fake person for being fake until it was pointed out that they were fake (or just really exaggerating) too. Yeesh.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@KKG:  OH MY GOD that is scary!!! How did they get the info???

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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@KKG:  My best friend became concerned because she was getting a weird vibe. So she told her mom the whole story and they did a background check on the address this person had given me to send hand written letters to. That information didn’t add up so I confronted him..her. And the truth came out.

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yes when I was 14. I met him in an AOL chat room back in 1998. He was (self described) 6’6, blond GQ looking high school senior who was playing for Nebraska huskers the following year (which was a WAY bigger deal in the late 90s than now). I was a fairly shrewd teen but it honestly didnt seem weird that such a catch would be trolling chat rooms for girls that lived in different states. I eventually got a real boyfriend and lost touch with ‘Richard’. Never did find out who he really was.

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I watched a full episode for the first time last night. 

It’s really really difficult to believe that any of this is real.

First of all, their “detective work” consists of them reverse google imaging the persons pictures.  It’s really quite simple and the why the idiots who have been “seeing” these people for years haven’t done that arleady is beyond me!

Also, who in their right mind would choose to expose the “real” them in front of a camera?  No one.  If someone knew they were caught, they would admit it long before the cameras and crew fly all the way out to them and they have that large dramatic reveal. Or they wouldn’t agree to the meeting at all!  No one would choose for it to happen that way.

Also, I got five minutes into the episode where the guy thinks he’s dating Kari Ann Peniche and had to turn it off it was so pathetic!  I mean…REALLY??!!

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@KateByDesign:  My thoughts exactly.

The whole time I’m watching any episode, I’m thinking “haven’t these people ever heard of skype and facetime??” How can you be ‘engaged’ to a person who refuses to speak to you live via webcam…..???

Sometimes, I think the ‘victim’ knows it’s fake in the back of their heads, but their self confidence is so low that they don’t want to find out the truth.

Post # 43
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Newbee

I’ve had several online experiences meeting people…catfish and non-catfish, lol.

I met my fiance on match.com and he was who he said he was, worked out great! Also have met some friends through forums and so has he.

My first catfish experience was when I was 15. I thought I was in love with a guy who I was super shy around. One day he IMs me on AIM and we talked for a few weeks, him confessing he liked me too, etc. Then one day I get a call from a friend who I had been telling her all about my online convos with the guy and she said she called him and talked to him herself to confirm he was being real with me because she didn’t want me to get hurt and he said he hadn’t been IMing me. Turns out it was my so-called best friend at the time pretending to be him!

Then when I was 17, I met a 30-something online who lived in another state. He would call and talk and try to get me to tell him where I lived so he could come visit me. I never told him who I was because there was a voice in my head telling me not to. Glad I didn’t because looking back, the pics he sent me of himself were model quality and I was only 17, he in his 30s…I’m pretty sure he was one of those pervs that ends up on To Catch A Predator!

 

Post # 44
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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@YogaFaerie:  I have no idea, but I actually work at an IT firm now and I’m pretty sure he just put some sort of virus into my computer so thats why his MSN would just keep being re-added and he could magically make my webcam turn on. Ofcourse, we were so scared we didn’t think to pull the plug on it haha. I still have NO clue how he got my home phone number or my name, but I know we told him how old we were and I vaguly remember him turning on his webcam when we were trying to get rid of him and he was SO creepy looking; one of those faces you remember didn’t look good. It was horrible though, my parents actually ended up cancelling the internet and packing the computer away for a year haha. I learnt my lesson and didn’t go on chat rooms again!

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@CanAmBride:  I think you’re right about them knowing… I think the people who pretend to be someone else online are looking to experience a “different life” online and get carried away and end up hurting people (well, if the person really believes them). But then again, it seems like the victims are more similar to the fake person than they might realize because they seem to want to think that they’re dating some supermodel or whatever the other person is pretending to be. =P

 

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@CityBride2013:  That’s good you didn’t give him any info!! I’m amazed at the amount of men that are online in their 30’s looking to talk to 16 year old girls. And they aren’t even guys that you would typically think of as “creepy”… its not like their 35 and living in their grandma’s basement or anything. They might not be what you typically think of as a sexual predator so I think girls get tricked. I think a lot of times they just have issues… =/

 

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@KKG:  That gives me chills…. yuck…. Its good that you told your parents at least. If I were that age I don’t know if I would have even though that would have absolutely scared the crap out of me!

Post # 46
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t have any experiences but a coworker has a friend that was talking to a “solider” in Afgahnistan and shipping iPads and laptops over to Africa for the “troops”.  Completely insane.

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