There are two types of victims - the people who are duped into trusting someone with a false identity, and those who have their personal photos stolen and used by someone that isn't them.Here are some of the most recent cases of catfishing: The fake accounts are often used to spark up online relationships.' Catfishing' is when someone creates fake profiles on social media sites to trick people into thinking they are somebody else.It is most common on social media and dating apps like Tinder.They make up life stories and use photographs of unsuspecting victims to create fake identities.Catfishers add life experiences, jobs, friends and photographs to the fake accounts.He uses the metaphor to describe Angela, saying there are always "catfishes" in our lives who keep us alert, active and on our toes.Schulman later turned the documentary into the ' Catfish' TV show, where he helps others solve their online relationship mysteries.
A new report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has found that last year, singles were conned out of £39 million by fraudsters they’d met on dating sites and apps.
Con artists are increasingly creating fake online profiles and tricking people on dating sites into handing over often large sums of money.
One of the most common techniques is to build up trust with the person by messaging for weeks or even months before suddenly having an emergency - the fake person being mugged but their daughter needing urgent surgery, for example - and asking for money.
Serious fraudsters sometimes even create further fake profiles and use them to be rude to you, all to make the main fake profile seem more desirable.
And it’s not just particularly vulnerable people who fall victim either.