Dr. Phil Reruns Two Catfish Tales on Match.com
All information about Denver matchmaking services has come directly from either printed reviews and material already online and/or from callers or clients. This is not my personal review.
What is “catfishing”? The loose definition is a person (possibly from Nigeria but not necessarily) who puts a fake profile on an Internet dating site (usually Match.com as it’s the most widely known) to meet people who they proceed to suck money from. In my opinion anyone who is crazy enough to start sending money to people they know nothing about and met online has some problems. But this is more about fraud, deception and thievery by the “catfish”. You will never, to my knowledge, find this practice going on in local brick and mortar Denver matchmaking services.
Dr. Phil reran two stories about both male and female catfish on his show last week. I have seen that story both times. When you use an Internet dating site that is one of the pitfalls, amongst a million others, that can happen. The minute someone you don’t know asks for money STOP STOP STOP and disconnect from them! I don’t care how lonely you are, how desperate you are, how much you WANT to believe them, STOP AND DISCONNECT! One woman who was catfished gave the guy $185,000, another woman $30,000 and some guys fell for fake pictures and gave away between $30K and $50K.
Obviously you have a responsibility to show common sense by not sending money, gift cards or anything else to people on dating sites or anywhere else for that matter. But this practice is prevalent on Match.com especially because of it’s notoriety.
If you’ve read some of my other posts you will also see there have been stories on Dateline NBC repeatedly about various felons people have met on Match.com. Be careful!