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Catfishing frauds – What you need to know about it

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Ramesh, 26 years old is a video blogger by profession, he received a Facebook request from Sophia, who introduced herself as a Australian Indian and a fan of his video blogs. Friendship turned into regular chatting and then into love, Sophia said that she is visiting India to meet him in person and take this relationship forward. Ramesh gets a frantic call from Sophia mentioning that her jewels worth more than a crore were seized by the customs officer in Mumbai and connects the call to the customs officer. Ramesh negotiates with the customs officer and agrees to pay 5 lakhs for letting off Sophia’s jewels and transfers the money. Later he comes to know that he has been a victim of cat fishing cybercrime and both Sophia and the custom officers were fraudsters.

Catfishing is the act of creating a false identity in order to lure people into relationships, whether friendships or romantic connections, online. To create this identity, the catfish often uses personal information, photos and posts of someone they know, which makes it real to the victim. “catfish” refers to the predator who creates the false identity. The term ‘catfish’ was coined from a 2010 documentary called Catfish that explored this phenomenon. Some catfish are lonely, have poor self-esteem and want a relationship, troll or harass their victims, or to get revenge or plain simple to fraud and make easy money.

How to protect oneself from Catfishing frauds :-

If you are a victim of Catfishing fraud :-

Immediately call 1930 cyber helpline or file a complaint at website or at nearby police station. Discontinue all association and block that user but save all the related conversations as they can be used as evidence. Report respective social media about the fraudster’s profile or user id, so they can lock him. Call bank and apply a freeze on that person’s account if you have transferred money with the help of police.

Remedies available to victim legally(India) :-

Lodge a complaint at nearby cyber or regular police station under :

Catfishing frauds – What you need to know about it
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