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.