Have you ever been "Catfished" on RJ?

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    Nov 05, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
    definition of catfish

    A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they're not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.



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    Nov 05, 2011 7:05 PM GMT
    I think the RJ forums are full of these types of stories. That's why so many guys here are bitter and bitchy hesitant and suspicious of others. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 05, 2011 7:54 PM GMT
    Like impersonating someone else or creating a new fictional identity for themselves?

    what's in it for the catfisher?
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    Nov 05, 2011 9:02 PM GMT
    Anyone who knew Stewart Lanning Jr on RJ has been catfished...including me.
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    Nov 06, 2011 1:11 AM GMT
    Three words: Stuart the Reaper.
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    Jan 02, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    just for the record, this thread is not a reference to a member named Catfish5, but to a movie called Catfish. which all of you deeply invested in the scandal of Waimea-gate should watch. Because it's about a old overweight woman who pretends to be hot on Facebook so she can be in a relationship with a very handsome guy who becomes way too emotionally invested in her. Ironically, the film which is a documentary about someone being fake, is often accused of being a fake documentary.

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    Jan 02, 2012 9:16 PM GMT
    FrostedFlakes saidThree words: Stuart the Reaper.


    He didn't do it to make connections with people through fake identity. He did it to satisfy his fucked up needs to mess with people.
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    Jan 02, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    My ex, who works at ABC News worked on a piece a couple of years ago about a middle-aged woman in West Virginia who impersonated a young blonde on some chat rooms. She started an online relationship with a guy who claimed to be a young marine deployed in the Middle East.

    It went on for a year, before the wife of the 50-year-old man pretending to be the young marine found out. They lived in Vermont. The wife proceeded to send the "young blonde" pictures of her husband, saying "this is the guy you've actually been chatting with all this time."

    The woman in West Virginia was so enraged that she started flirting online with a real-life coworker of the man she had been chatting with previously. The coworker was a real-life 20-something. The 50-year-old went ballistic and murdered this young man.

    When Vermont police found out about the love triangle, they got in touch with authorities in West Virginia, worried that the man (before he was arrested) could be on his way down there to do harm to the "girl." That's what led to the woman's cover being blown. Now, if all of this weren't fucked up enough, it turns out the pictures the woman had been using were of her own teenage daughter!

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    Jan 02, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
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    but at the end of the movie, they end up remaining Facebook friends, but this time she was her real self.

    It shows that redemption is possible for such people, including Waimea.

    The guy did not hate her for what she did, he forgave her and moved on.

    Not like I care that much....but others seem to. In reality the person most damaged by Waimea, was himself. Because he hated himself so much to want to pretend to be someone else.

    Others will move on easily but Waimea will still have to deal with whatever he is dealing with.

    I've always been the type of person who thinks of himself as ugly, but I've also been strong enough not to pretend to be someone else. Even when I was fat I was myself and used my photos. People called me fat and I just did not give a fuck. Although now that i've lost weight I feel much better about myself and more confident.
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    Jan 03, 2012 4:13 AM GMT
    what waimea scandal...Did I miss something?
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    Jan 03, 2012 5:07 AM GMT
    I got catshifed 3 times... but at that point I think I was being a little bit too naive...
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    Jan 03, 2012 6:19 AM GMT
    I love to go fishin' for catfish!

    But that's not what this is about, is it?
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    Jan 03, 2012 7:34 AM GMT
    Stan904 said Ironically, the film which is a documentary about someone being fake, is often accused of being a fake documentary.



    I actually just now watched it, and there are a good amount of things that make a good argument that it's fake (at least to some degree). My biggest issue is that I don't think people immediately realize the TITANIC amount of work (I do believe insurmountable) it would have taken for this woman to maintain DOZENS of fake Facebook profiles. You can't even register multiple account on one email, should have had to create individual email accounts for all of them, I mean just the sheer amount of time logging in and out in and out of ALL those Facebook profiles, going to check what the "real" person was doing and then going back to the fake version and updating it. All of that on top of providing extensive 24 hour care for TWO severely (and I mean severely) handicapped children. There is just no way she could have pulled that off, AAAAAAAAND have tons of time left over to keep painting as much as she was.
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    Jan 03, 2012 7:35 AM GMT
    Is this a good movie to watch?
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    Jan 03, 2012 7:42 AM GMT
    PikakeJasmine saidIs this a good movie to watch?


    Yep, whether or not it's a true documentary it's really good.
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    Jan 03, 2012 2:05 PM GMT
    Nope. Nobody loves me enough to fake love me. icon_cry.gif

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