Catfishing Cautionary Tales: Avoid Getting Scammed Online!

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Playing Online Dates Should Steal Your Heart – Not Your Money!

Is your online love interest just too good to be true or has been asking you to send them money? The Doctors look back at catfishing stories that might make you think twice about the person you're flirting with online.

The Doctors share the story of Xandra, who went online looking for love, but is now concerned she is getting taken advantage of. She gave a mystery man around $5,000 after only speaking and communicating with him online for about a year ago. The situation got dicey when the person asked Xandra for money and she ended up owing her bank $4800 because of it. To help Xandra determine if she is getting catfished or not, we call on private investigator Brad Pfanner to work his magic and dig deeper into the person's alleged identity. Brad says he searched nationwide public records and credit information and found out some shocking details about Xandra's mystery suitor. Watch this video to find out what caused Xandra to proclaim, "I'm done... I won't be talking to him anymore."

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In more concerning catfishing news, The Doctors discuss a new trend where women are getting altered or fake penis photos from potential dates -- and often times unsolicited.  We meet Kelsey, a web developer, who is developing technology to help identify unsolicited penis photos and keep them from ending up on your phone or in your inbox.

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In a trend that is less disturbing, but still possibly unethical, we examine how people are being “dogfished,” when someone on a dating app uses pictures of themselves with their friends’ dogs and makes it seem like the dog is theirs. Should you trust someone who is not truthful about their pet and is this a sign they might lie about other aspects of their life?

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Watch: Former Con Artists Reveal Scamming Tricks

In a truly bizarre catfishing story, The Doctors share the story of a woman who tried to catfish herself in order to make it appear like an ex-boyfriend was harassing and threatening her online, but the woman's plan failed and she ended up behind bars!

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And lastly, does your online friend only have photos of him (or her) wearing just a hat? You might be getting "hatfished" and you should demand to see what's going on under that baseball cap!

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