Catfishing is something that happens increasingly as new technology and social media platforms grow in popularity. It’s never been easier for people to create double, often fake, lives on the internet in order to impress, or create a relationship with, other people online. According to The Week, 38% of those asked in March 2023 , between the ages of 25-34, admitted to being misled by a fake social media profile online at one point or another.
Catfishing is when someone creates a fake profile online, claiming to be someone else. They’ll then use that as a facade to talk to other people on the internet who have legitimate accounts. Those who are unsuspecting will begin to talk to the person behind the fake profile, often conjuring new friendships or relationships. Catfishing can last anywhere from a few days to even years. According to Discover Magazine, of the 20 people they asked who had been catfished, it was revealed that the longest relationship lasted for three years.
There are many reasons as to why this act is called ‘catfishing’. Some believe that it comes directly from a documentary that aired in 2010 where Vince Pierce was interviewed, who happened to marry his ‘catfish’. But the television programme actually coined the term through fish shipping between America and China. Suppliers found that the cod would arrive in better condition if they were shipped with catfish; a natural enemy of cod.
Pierce himself stated that; “there are those people who are catfish in life and they keep you fresh and I thank God for the catfish because we would be droll, boring and dull if we didn’t have somebody nipping at our fins”. From this documentary, the MTV American television programme, ‘Catfish’ aired.
It featured Nev and Max who travelled across the country looking to help those who believe that they’re being catfished. They would then use their skills to confirm or deny their suspicions. The show has been running for the last twelve years and it’s still proving to be just as popular as when it first aired.
The exact reason as to why people ‘catfish’ isn’t known, this is because people will do it for different reasons. From revenge to money, catfishing is often used as a way of getting something out of someone, or as a way to deal with something that’s happened in the past. It might also be that those who are doing the catfishing are unwell or unstable mentally or emotionally and so the situation needs to be dealt with delicately.
That’s why it’s always a good idea to leave it down to the professionals. Delta 74 Private Investigations are pleased to carry out the services necessary to determine whether or not you’re being catfished. We will then deliver the news to you in a way that’s sensitive and dignified. If you think you’re being catfished, choose Delta 74 Private Investigations to help you with the situation.
According to a case study in Teen Vogue, a woman called Katelyn was catfished by a seemingly “attractive” man who claimed to share the same interests as you. But red flags started to pop up when he began talking about his job. Apparently, his location was listed as Arizona, however, coincidentally, he had plans to move to her town within a month for a new job. But when she started asking more questions about his job, the location of the new office and who he worked for, the more defensive and dismissive he became.
Eventually, she came to the conclusion that she was being catfished. The story itself was far-fetched because her town was very small and close-knit, so she would have known that a large corporate company had moved in. Not to mention, it was also too good to be true. If you find that there are holes in their story or if it’s something unbelievable, then it could be that you’re being catfished.
Catfish will sometimes have an ulterior motive for what they do. Often, it’s for some extra cash. According to a survey conducted in 2019, 35% of those asked said they encountered a catfish who was trying to execute an online scam. A different study found that around 6% of those who had been catfished incurred financial losses of between £1,000 and £10,000. Those statistics show that there’s a financial motive for catfishing over the internet. If they’re asking you for money, then it could be that they’re catfishing you.
Delta 74 Private Investigations are on hand to carry out a wide range of different PI services. From background checks and lie detector tests to people tracing and cohabitation investigations, you’ll always be able to count on us to help. For further information about what we do, get in touch with a member of our professional team today – we’re always pleased to hear from you.