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An internet search for Mike Sency's name immediately yields hundreds of s spread across social media and dating websites. Many of the profiles contain small differences, such as the photos used, the spelling of his name, even various details about his hobbies and interests. But they all share one common trait: They're fake. Sency is used to it.
For years, pictures he posted online have been used to create fake profiles by people looking to scam others, often out of money, a practice generally known as catfishing.
His problem isn't a new one, but it is an issue that has proven nearly impossible to stop. I am worried about how this is going to affect my future and my family -- even my mom gets calls from strangers claiming they know me because of these fake s. Deception has been part of the internet since its earliest days as a consumer tool, but the practice of using stolen photos arose as more people began creating social media and online dating profiles in the early s.
Bycatfishing had become a cultural phenomenon with an MTV documentary show that year chronicling the deceptions of online dating. And as more of the world shifts online because of stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, some cybersecurity experts are warning consumers to be on high alert. There are so many dating apps. We are sharing on more platforms. He recently discovered his own identity was being used on fake s on Facebook and LinkedIn. Reporting and getting those fake profiles taken down was very time-consuming, he said.
The coronavirus pandemic has also presented new opportunities for stolen photos to be used to perpetrate scams. The fake stole photos, one being of her dressed in nursing scrubs, and has been asking people to donate money to an illegitimate coronavirus fund. Cupp and her friends reported the fake to Facebook more than times before it was taken down three weeks later.
Even though the fake is gone, the damage remains, she said. I am busy with finals. I thought Catfish sexting was knowledgeable about how to keep things private online. Some social media and dating companies have tried to put in place systems to stop catfishing. Facebook has warned that financially motivated scams usually include impersonating members of the public who are deemed trustworthy, such as members of the military, veterans and other professionals. Tinder said in a statement to NBC News that catfishing is a violation of its user policies. In January, the company rolled out a photo verification feature in which users are prompted to share real-time photos that match a series of poses to have their profile verified.
Once the photos are analyzed and the profile is verified, users earn a visible blue check mark on their s. Robert Siciliano, CEO of Protect Now, a security firm in Boston, said there are some ways for people to take precautions against catfishing.
As for Sency, he said he sometimes feels the effort that goes into reporting the abuse can feel like a waste of time. But Siciliano advised people to take control of their digital brand, even if it feels overwhelming because those false s could affect future employment and other opportunities.
Jareen Imam is director of Social Newsgathering for NBC News, leading a global team of journalists who find, verify and report on stories using social forensic techniques and open source intelligence tools. IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser. Politics U. Share this —. Follow NBC News. Jareen Imam.Catfish sexting
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