Have you ever been “catfished” before? It’s happened to many people. They meet someone online, begin to have feelings for them after seeing a picture or a reading an online profile, and thus begin a relationship that doesn’t leave the computer screen.
But things are not as they might seem. A catfish is an informal label for someone who creates fake online personas to trick another person. They might be a man posing as a woman or vice versa. Sometimes the motive is greed and financial manipulation; other times, it’s the thrill they seek by playing with people’s emotions.
Some of these catfishing stories led to simple heartbreak. Sadly, there are others that led to murder. Here are the 25 Craziest Catfish Stories of Lies and Betrayals.
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Dr. Phil interviewed a woman named Sarah, who said that she keeps sending money to her online boyfriend in Africa.
The thing is, she never met him. Every time he was supposed to meet her, apparently, he kept getting arrested. Dr. Phil revealed that her boyfriend isn’t real. Better luck next time.
Vengeance on a Stranger
A man was catfished by someone in another country posing as a swimsuit model. After getting swindled for a lot of money, he decided to get revenge.
Because he was unable to get revenge on the person who conned him, he decided to kill the person who was in the picture. Luckily, the police were able to stop him.
One person on Reddit said that he was catfished by a girl who made up stories of having a deceased twin. She told him that her twin had died along with her father in a car crash. She claimed her mother had also died and she was forced to live with her uncle and work in a gentleman’s club at only 16 years old.
Eventually, the boy discovered that the girl not only lied about her entire life, but she was a completely different person than the one in the picture she had sent.
The Graphic Designer
Some people get catfished by someone using another person’s picture. Then there are those who get duped by a very talented graphic artist, who takes her picture, makes herself look 200 pounds lighter and has flawless skin.
In this particular case, the catfish also tried to guilt-trip the man after she deceived him.
The Underage Catfish
There are plenty of sick people online. People need to be aware of sexual predators entering chat rooms.
One kid pretended to be a 15-year-old girl and was hit on by a 54-year-old man. When the boy told the man that he was 13, the man didn’t mind and still wanted to meet up.