How to Avoid Being Catfished on the Internet

Hang Sofi

Feb 16th 22

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Hang Sofi

Feb 16th 22

How to Avoid Being Catfished on the Internet

Cybersecurity is a vast and ever-changing topic. Something new appears when you think you've figured out most of the usual internet risks. For example, catfishing may be a new phrase to many. You may be one of those casual internet and social media users who aren't familiar with catfishing and the specific damage that catfish may inflict. Catfishing is when an individual is identified as wrong by using false information and images.  

A catfish can occasionally steal another person's entire identity, like their date of birth, photographs, and location, and pass it off as their own. In this blog, we'll go over the ins and outs of catfishing, as well as the motivations of online catfish and, most significantly, how to defend yourself from them. Here are some strategies to keep yourself and your sensitive information safe from catfish. 

1- Recognize the warning indications of being catfished

It may be difficult to discern if you're being catfished if the catfish's description is thorough and precise. Because the catfish's profile was established solely to target specific individuals, they may not have many followers or friends. A catfish may refuse to speak on the phone or over video chat, avoid in-person meetings, and even ask for money. These are all symptoms that you're being catfished. 

 

2- Never give out your personal information to anyone.

It's risky to share too much personal information with random people. Whom you've just met online may be catfishing you if they ask for private information like your address, extra contact information, account statement, or try to persuade you to tell them about your life or work.

 

3- Be wary of people you don't know.

When receiving friend requests, email, or message requests from someone you don't know, be cautious. Treat online chats in the same way you would in person. While it's fine to meet new people and create new acquaintances, you ought to be careful and watch out for the warning signs of catfishing listed above.

 

 

 

4- Pose queries that necessitate specialized knowledge.

If you accuse someone of catfishing, ask them questions that only somebody with their history would know the answers to. You might inquire about the malls and restaurants from which they claim to have come, or inquire about a specific aspect of their work. Be aware of anyone who is reluctant or tries to sidestep your queries.


In conclusion, falling into a catfishing trap can result in money losses, grief, misuse of data, and other issues. Use the advice above to keep yourself safe from possible catfish lurking on the internet looking for your private details or money.