A catfish is someone online who pretends to be someone they are not by using fake profiles in order to win the attention of someone they like.
One of the best ways to know that you are being catfished is to watch for inconsistencies in this person’s story.
A catfish online would typically create a totally fabricated life.
They would create a persona that actually doesn’t exist.
To do this, they would have to tell a number of fabricated stories.
Pay attention to what they are saying.
At some point, if you have given your interaction with them enough time, you will notice inconsistencies.
For example, they may have initially told you that they had a brother.
Well, a few months go by and they tell you about their sister.
You ask them about the brother and they may tell you that they don’t have one.
They have no idea that just a few months ago, they had mentioned a brother.
This is because a lot of time has passed.
It is hard for them to keep up with the stories that they are telling.
They forget certain details.
This is why you need to pay attention to what they are saying.
Important details like this that provide misinformation are very key to ascertaining whether you are dealing with a catfish.
Family is important. If this person somehow forgot that they have a brother, they are clearly lying.
Another great way to know if your are being catfished is by taking note of this person’s manner of speaking.
There are certain words or expressions that this person will use repeatedly.
We all do this as human beings. We tend to repeat certain phrases when we get excited or unhappy.
We will use them automatically without thinking.
This is because those words and expressions have become habit.
If you observe very similar words or expressions being used by another person that is communicating with you online, you may be getting catfished.
They may not be aware that they are doing this.
They may have multiple social media accounts and dating profiles.
It can be very difficult to consistently separate all of the different personalities that they are trying to portray online.
At some point, a similar word or expression will slip.
You will notice that same pattern of words or expressions as you communicate with this person’s multiple online accounts.
This will enable you to see that all of these people are one person.
Another good way to know that you are being catfished is when this person starts mistaking you for someone else.
They may call you by a different name or reference something in your past that had nothing to do with you.
This is when they are getting confused.
They are talking to you as well as multiple other people.
They are mistaking certain details and mixing them up.
It can be very difficult to get all the stories of the people that they are catfishing straight.
They may start giving you details about something you did last summer when in fact they had gotten that information from someone totally different.