Don't get caught by catfish on social media

  • Article by: Scott Kleinberg and Amy Guth , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: February 8, 2013 - 12:48 PM

Social media have upped the ante on dating deceptions. Here’s how to steer clear of a so-called catfish..

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marsbonfireFeb. 8, 13 5:16 PM

I'm so glad I've been married for a long time. I would hate to be out there in the dating scene. My condolences to anyone that is.

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cwow11Feb. 9, 13 7:48 PM

Ummmm. This is mostly true, but not all. 1) It is *very* easy to alter an image enough so that reverse image searching won't return results (make it black and white, crop it, etc. - you don't need PhotoShop for that). In fact, I believe that's what happened in Manti's case. 2) You can check the year they joined Facebook, but you can't always see how many friends they have. I have my privacy settings set so that people who aren't my friend cannot see my friends list. That's a very common setting to have. 3) Lots of people don't have LinkedIn. Especially younger ones. I don't have a LinkedIn profile. 4.) Those background checks don't do much if they have a very common name and/or are using a friend's name. 5) The best advice on here is to video chat. I would be VERY skeptical of someone who claimed that they had no way of doing that. Almost every device offers this now. Offer to send them a web cam, even - you can get them super cheap.

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