Do they seem way too perfect to be a normal person?Search their photos using Google Search By Image – if you find the same images on lots of different sites linked to different names or if the images turn up on a stock photo site or modelling site, you might want to think twice. If they claim to be a brain surgeon and part time pilot, who enjoys running monthly marathons and volunteering to save the children in Africa, your alarm bells might start ringing. Early in your interaction, ask them to send you a photo and if they refuse, you might become suspicious.
Many Catfish attempt to coax you away to instant messaging or private email, thus reducing your level of control over the communication. If their Facebook profile has less than 100 friends or no people are tagged in their photos, this is also an indicator of a fake profile.Many Catfish create elaborate stories to play on your sympathy, especially in the lead up to asking for money.Sometimes, our desire to find our ideal partner outweighs our rational thinking.Our right brain (emotional) tends to dominate our left brain (rational) and the inner voice that says “I want love” becomes so much louder than the voice that says “be careful”.