Thanks to technology, it’s easier to meet new people. The challenge is how to make online friends safely.
Social media apps allow us to know new people across countries, but it also opened a channel for scammers to manipulate and steal from their victims. Most of these scammers are catfishes, aka people who steal other people’s identity.
That’s why users like you should be wary with the strangers you’re talking to online.
If you’re wondering how to make friends online safely, here are 6 signs you should check to know if you’re talking to a catfish. Use this as a guide to filter out the strangers you’re chatting to on social networking platforms.
6 Signs You’re Getting Catfished: How to Make Friends Online Safely
Here’s a quick rundown of the 6 signs. For an in-depth discussion, check out the signs below:
- Newly-made Account
- Limited Information on his/her profile
- Can’t Voice Call or Video Call
- Inconsistent Stories
- Doesn’t Want to Meet You In Person
- Your Instincts Are Telling You Something is Off
#1: Newly-Made Account
If the stranger you’re chatting on messenger is using a new account, that doesn’t mean he/she is automatically a catfish or a scammer. However, be observant of this person since you have limited information about him/her.
#2: Limited Information on his/her Profile
Check the person’s profile to see if there’s adequate information in there that could prove he/she is not putting a fake identity. Check if people are commenting on his/her posts. If the profile seemed to be dead, the person you’re talking to could be a catfish.
#3: Can’t Voice Call or Video Call
If it’s already months and you want to know each other a bit more, it’s normal that you move from messaging to voice calling or video calling. Now, a normal person would be excited to talk to but if the person is a catfish, he/she will never want to talk to you on the phone or messenger. If the person starts putting up a lot of lame excuses not to contact you aside from chatting, then something is definitely up.
#4: Inconsistent Stories
If his/her stories are getting jumbled, then most likely it’s because the story is made up. There are people that sometimes forget certain details but if this is a normal occurrence to your online friend, then you should slowly investigate if this person is legit or not.
#5: Doesn’t Want to Meet You In Person
If meeting up is possible and the person is not meeting up with you, then it’s possible that the person is a catfish.
#6: Your Instincts Are Telling You Something is Off
Sometimes, it’s better to listen to your instincts. If the “online friend” seemed a bit off to you, then it’s better to ask the person questions to prove his/her identity or steer away from him/her as soon as possible.
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