Thursday, 16 November 2017

Stay Safe Online

I've been getting lost in some very weird rabbit holes on YouTube lately. I haven't had much better to do. I recently watched a video about some of the most messed up examples of catfishing. For those not in the know, catfishing is where someone pretends to be someone they aren't online. It's popular with scammers of course, but it spreads much further than that. There are lots of stories about people who run dating profiles with pictures of other people and stuff. That's another example of catfishing. The stuff in this video was pretty extreme though; one of the stories was about a guy who catfished his daughter pretending to be a young boy to get nude pictures of her. Their "relationship" ended when the "boy" committed suicide, but not before admitting "he" sent the pictures to her father. Not content with just conning his daughter out of naked pictures, he then abused her for a year with her having no idea about what really happened. As far as she knew a nice boy she met online killed himself and then her dad abused her. 

I think the most fucked up thing about that is that it's not an isolated incident. 

What's incredible though is that people still haven't learned their lessons about staying safe online. I'm not saying you shouldn't trust anyone you meet online. I've made a lot of friends online and have even gotten into long distance relationships. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself. Actually one time I met someone who was convinced that I was catfishing them. Things were going great until one day she exploded and accused me of being someone that lives near her. 

While it's obvious that the pictures people send might be fake, there are many other ways to prove you are who you say you are. If you really like someone then you would be comfortable calling them. Applications like Skype even allow you to have video calls with people. While even they can be faked, it's not a step most catfishers would be willing to take. 

Stay safe when you use the internet. Never give your personal information to people that you don't trust. Find out more about the person on the other end of the line and be sure they are who they say they are. Don't let yourself be strung along by a fantasy. 

Also don't watch YouTube videos about paranormal shit in the middle of the night. I've seen some weird fucking shit. 

2 comments:

  1. Dr Phil does a lot of shows about catfishing. Some of those con artists cheat people out of thousands of dollars. They prey on the emotionally needy.

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  2. Thanks for the great advice, first I'm hearing of catfishing. Scary stuff.

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