So which states have the biggest problems with catfishing—and which have the least? We looked at FBI and Census data to determine your likelihood of being scammed in romance. Catfishing usually refers to online romance scams where someone uses a fake online profile to attract victims. Still, it can also come in the form of family, friends, or business relationships. The non-western states with the highest rates of catfishing are New Hampshire, Minnesota, Florida, and Maryland.
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To some, Alec Couros is a charismatic oil contractor from Nashville, Tennessee. To others, he's a well-travelled civil engineer from England. After seven years and two beautiful children, his marriage ended in an amicable divorce. Or maybe his wife died. It depends on who you ask. Thousands of women, from Brazil to the United States, believe he is their one and only; star-crossed lovers brought together by fate.
How to spot a catfish
From social-distancing measures to working from home, the virus has brought about a number of significant changes and it looks as if many of them are here to stay. Unfortunately, people looking to scam vulnerable folks out of their savings have been capitalizing on the "new normal. Catfishing as a phenomenon is nothing new. For years Internet scammers have been taking advantage of vulnerable people by luring them into a fake relationship and then asking for money. The practice of using stolen photos to create fake online dating profiles began in the early s, and by it was a cultural phenomenon.
Read more: The abuse tactics fraudsters use to break the hearts and wallets of those looking online for love. Donovan has spoken about her case before and there are many others who have been catfished — just do a quick search of YouTube. My research on romance fraud has focused on the use of online deception to destroy both the hearts and wallets of victims worldwide. While catfishing arguably uses the same types of deception and manipulation as romance fraud, the ultimate end goal is different.