When perusing the internet Facebook and the like be careful of catfish.
What are those?? Those are unscrupulous people looking to take your money, your reputation or your status just for their enrichment or entertainment.
Here is a cautionary tale.
A woman not happy in her marriage joins Facebook there she meets someone let’s say in a Bird Community or some other type of group. One of the members is in another country this person has always been fascinated by. They become good friends. The other person makes the woman feel wanted, important and loved. So they decide to meet up first the new friend and her husband come for a visit. They stay with their new friend and enjoy touring the city. So a few months later they invite this lady to visit. She comes with all kinds of gifts because by now the friend has become like a surrogate daughter. They have a wonderful visit she thinks. Says goodbye at the airport and back home she goes.
A few months later she hears from other friends that salacious stories are being spread about her and low and behold this person she thought so highly of is now entertaining herself and her friends with fake Facebook pms. (By the way they are very easy to fake. Make a profile copying the person you want to malign and pm away to yourself or your friends. The police are well aware of this tactic and will not take any of these sorts of pms as evidence of anything.) Broken hearted the friend tries to find out what caused this rift and is rebuffed. Now all the stops are out and we have a crew of bullies after her. Her friends come to her defense because they know it is all nonsense and lies. They too are now attacked. It becomes a vicious nasty mess and after many visits to the police even in the other country the other person still will not stop. The police will do nothing as it is expensive to them to track every ip on a Facebook account. You can say anything you want on Facebook without provocation or proof. So be careful what you read on there most of it is lies and fantasy.
Another case recently on Dr. Phil was a woman that was also chatted up on Facebook and made to believe that a man was very interested in her. This happens all the time people fake a persona to take advantage of others. She was finally stopped by her daughter after she lost most of her life savings of over $600,000.
On the Investigation Discovery Channel this week was another case where a woman impersonated her daughter and called herself Tallhotblond. She was supposed to be 18. A man in his forties pretending to be a Marine in his 20’s chatted her up. They went hot and heavy then Tallhotblond got another boyfriend. At the end the Marine killed the boyfriend. Tallhotblond? She was the 18 year olds mother pretending to be her with tragic results.
Morale of the story?? Have fun on the internet but do not trust anyone you meet until you are absolutely sure of who they are. Make sure you monitor your children’s use as well. Always look over their shoulder it is too easy to be taken in.