Have you been catfished? You may not find out for days, weeks or months. I have now been catfished twice on my Facebook pages. The first time was some 18 months back and the second time last month.
The strange word arose from the drama documentary made in 2010 – called Catfish! A “catfish” is someone who pretends to be someone else online. This person assumes a fake identity to make their victim believe they are who they say they are. It tends to happen a lot in online dating – not my situation!
In the movie a ‘catfish’ called Angela made out that she was much younger to attract a much younger person. She wanted to escape her marriage and restore an artistic part of her life through hooking a young photographer.
Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/03/18/catfishing-can-spot-7396549/?ito=cbshare
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/
Catfishing is fairly common but it is unpleasant, disconcerting, irritating and leaves an uneasy feeling when it happens to you. If taking my Facebook profile and using it might seem to be flattering, it sure does not feel like that! Catfishing can lead to a stolen ID and in my case, my Facebook followers were receiving fake messages seemingly coming from me. Many well-known celebrities have had their profile stolen or adopted to help fool the unwary. I was lucky because followers were quick to alert me to weird messages seeming to come from me.
In short, I became very disillusioned with social media but I am now expecting to post regularly again on Facebook and to keep up to date on my blog. a good read on this is on Metro https://metro.co.uk/2018/03/18/catfishing-can-spot-7396549/
I will be updating you this month about big changes on my current website https://www.DouglasStewartBooks.com and about my new thriller Deadline Vegas being published in June 2020.