MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show exposes one of the Internet’s darkest trends: catfishing. Catfishing is an online scam where a predator impersonates someone else to deceive a third party. Most often, catfishing occurs when someone steals another person’s photograph and personal information to build a fictitious social media persona and use it to lure potential victims into a romantic relationship. Sometimes the catfish scheme is a joke; sometimes it is organized to gain the victim’s financial information. In response, the victims of a catfishing scheme may harass the person whose photo and other information was used, whether the person authorized use of their information or not.
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