Online romance isn’t uncommon. There are over 44 million people using online dating services like dating apps, social media sites, and dating sites in 2022.¹ Unfortunately, not everyone online is how they appear. The gorgeous online friend you’ve been talking to may be complete fiction.
You don’t need Nev Schulman and the Catfish team or a private investigator to sniff out a fake identity. Though none of these things is a 100% guarantee that the person is a catfish, here are some red flags that can signal you’re being catfished.