Catfishing has made national headlines in recent years.
This often happens in a romantic context, either because the catfisher is looking for a love connection or they want to prey on someone.In some cases, catfishing is a front for a financial scam.Children and the elderly who chat with random strangers online are particularly vulnerable because their inexperience in the digital world means they do not always recognize the signs of being fooled.When chatting with strangers, be wary of anyone who seems too good to be true.Despite the advances in communication, there are some risks to logging on to your computer.
Here are eight reasons caution is needed when chatting with strangers online.
Do not respond to unsolicited emails or messages from people asking for financial help.
Popular internet scams include the "Nigerian Scam" and various fake accounts posing as disaster relief services.
The show follows the relationships of supposed lovers who have only talked via chat and exposes the lies behind the computer when the "couple" meets in person for the first time.
While many celebrities fall victim to catfishing, like Meri Brown from the popular TLC program "Sister Wives," it can happen to anyone.
This is an easy way to make kind-hearted people who just want to help others, victims.