CNN - Catfishing, where a person creates a false online identity to deceive others is a growing issue in the digital age. Common motives include lack of confidence, the desire to explore sexual preferences, or engage in relationships outside of real-life constraints. Studies reveal that catfish are often educated men, sometimes from religious backgrounds, and may exhibit traits of sadism, psychopathy, and narcissism. In the U.S., romance scams from catfishing have led to significant financial losses, with $740M lost in 2022 alone. The UK and Singapore also report high losses from romance fraud. Financial losses are particularly high among older victims. Cybersecurity experts suggest vigilance in online interactions to spot potential catfish, such as inconsistencies in stories and reluctance to meet or video call.
Mark Brooks: The key thing that we aim to deliver with online dating services is real people. That's what users pay for - Introductions to real people that will do them no harm. Most quality dating apps have an arsenal of tools to weed out rogues and catfish. Both internal and external. I would like to recommend to you the dating-context-specific tool RealMe. RealMe is an easy-to-integrate platform to protect your users and build trust through simple user verification and seamless background checks - all while providing a new revenue stream. They are a long-term supporter of OPW and my team and I have worked closely with them so their service is specific for dating. Please email me directly and it will be my pleasure to introduce you to them.