He said he'd been a single father for couple of years after his wife died from cancer. His profile picture was also listed in many anti-scammers websites.Two days and many hours of chatting later, he suddenly professed his love to me. K phone number that he used to call me turned out to be a satellite phone service that is commonly used for Internet scams. After two weeks of chatting, I finally cut all communications with him.I wasn't active on the dating site and was very selective in answering messages.One day a new message in my inbox caught my attention.According to Mashable, there are about 83 MILLION fake accounts on Facebook.That’s roughly the size of Egypt’s entire population.
Manti Te'o’s unfortunate story about an online girlfriend who never really existed reminds us all of how precarious our virtual relationships with people really are.Similarly to Mary and John, Sarah and her Swarthmore girlfriend, separated by a long distance, used Skype to have sex during breaks from school.“We’d be Skyping, just normal video-chatting and talking because we were far away, and then eventually, because it’s someone you’re used to having sex with a lot, just talking to them makes you really horny, so I’d just say really forward things like, ‘I want to fuck you,’ and I’d bring my laptop upstairs to my room,” Sarah recounted.In other words, fake online friends are very common, and you could have one without even realizing it if you don't know how to spot a catfish online.When you think about it, it’s really not hard to create a fictitious character, and make them come to life on the Internet.