Angela said she was lonely and enjoyed the personal connection that the scam provided her.Schulman was shocked and humiliated, but he also described feeling sad for Wesselman.He is severely overweight and said he didn't think his victim would give him a chance at a romantic relationship if he revealed his true appearance.The circumstances that drive various 'catfishers' to fabricate entire lives and social circles differ greatly, but what ties them together in each episode is the satisfaction they claim to get out of having total control over the way that others perceive them.If you have been a user of online dating sites for any length of time, the chances of your being approached by a scammer using the 419 technique are very high indeed.Be on the lookout for 419 scammers, conduct your correspondence through the online dating site itself, not via email or IM, learn the tell-tale signs, and above all: KEEP YOUR MONEY TO YOURSELF!He spent several days with her and her family trying to understand what drove her to concoct the elaborate scheme.In the first episode, Sunny, a 21-year-old nursing student from Arkansas, has fallen in love online with a man named Jamison King.
''I would refer all of you, if you're not already familiar with it, with both the documentary called "Catfish," the MTV show which is a derivative of that documentary, and the sort of associated things you'll find online and otherwise about catfish, or catfishing,' Swarbrick told reporters Wednesday in describing the incident involving his star linebacker, Manti Te'o.(MTV defines the term 'catfish' as a verb: 'Cat·fish [kat-fish]: To pretend to be someone you're not online by posting false information, such as someone else's pictures, on social media sites, usually with the intention of getting someone to fall in love with you.')The story of how Te'o and his girlfriend met had previously been chronicled in various news outlets and photographs of the girl were plastered all over the internet and in newspapers across the country.'This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online,' Te'o said.
But 'Jamison' turns out to be Chelsea, a young woman seeking female companionship.
A third episode reveals a man who didn't fabricate many facts about his life, but only misrepresented his appearance.
Whether it's out of revenge, loneliness, curiosity or boredom, an emerging class of Internet predators cite dozens of reasons for scamming their way into romantic relationships with unsuspecting victims seeking love online.
By creating fake profiles on social networking sites, these predators trick people into thinking that they are someone else entirely.
If you are in a correspondence with somebody who fits the description above and you suspect they are a scammer, here's what to do.