1. A freshwater or marine fish with whisker like barbels around the mouth, typically bottom-dwelling.
2. To lure someone into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.
You know how I have been watching a ton of the tv show "Catfish"? Well... I already knew of many online red flags to look out for that are fishy, but I have learned some new tricks from the show. I actually tried these tricks on Mr. Mystery... but I couldn't find anything on him. So maybe he was for real.
So I got a message from this really cute guy online.... he looked like this.
I know... way out of my league. That should have been my first clue. We started chatting and then he asked for my number so I gave it to him. We chatted for a little bit but I discovered that he just wanted to talk dirty. NOT INTERESTED!!!
I asked him to send me a picture of him right then.. because he only had 2 pictures on his profile and and there was a chance that they were not him. He told me his camera on his phone was broken!!! Possible, but VERY unlikely. After quickly dismissing taking a picture he went back to talking dirty and I blocked him and stopped talking to him.
Afterwords I was just curious though, so I decided to do a little research to see if my suspicions were true.
First thing I did was put one of his pictures into Google Image search. It pulled up a TON of stuff. A lot of which was on Pinterest under "Hot guy selfie" there were a few profiles that showed up. I wanted to know who it REALLY was though. After doing some more digging... I found him. His name is Marcello Alvarez and he was from Brazil.
Well, I figured the picture was a fake... so who was I talking to? I looked up his phone number on Facebook and only 1 profile came up that matched the number... it could or could not be it, but I'm thinking it is it. Same area. His name was James. I was hoping to find out what he looked like, but his profile was SUPER private and there were no pictures. It did say that he was married though. Let's hope that wasn't the guy... but again, I think it was.
A lot of creeps out there folks. I am just glad I know when things are fishy. There are so many people that get sucked into an online fantasy and then come to find out it was all a lie. It's crazy. I'm sure that I have had fakes talking to me before... but this is the first one that I have caught.