Catfish: The TV Show on MTV

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Catfish: The TV Show on MTV
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Mon, 11-26-2012 - 12:26pm

I saw the host of this show on The Jay Leno Show. The show features people who pretend to be someone else online and get into "relationships" with other people online. The story they showed was a woman who gets "involved" with a guy, the guy kept avoiding meeting. Finally, through the help of this Catfish show, they tracked down the guy. [OK, I don't understand why people agree to go on TV like this]. The guy turned out to be a married woman. And to top it off, they had talked on the phone! And, she had done this many times before. 

Apparently, there are enough people doing this that MTV has a whole show about it!

I dunno, just kind of brought back memories of this very board...

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Registered: 07-16-2001
Tue, 11-27-2012 - 7:01pm
Click on anyone's name to get to their profile. They're there. I've reported it and got no response. Maybe if lots of people are upset over it, they'll fix it faster.
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Tue, 11-27-2012 - 1:16pm
I've done extensive research and it's possible. I haven't personally gone to the trouble, but Ivillage most definitely has access to this information.
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Registered: 10-16-2006
Tue, 11-27-2012 - 12:21pm

As for the other thing you mentioned, did you know our IP addresses can be found on here

What??? Where is that information?

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Tue, 11-27-2012 - 10:45am

Florida, I think you asked why "they" do it.  I assume you mean the um, fakers for lack of a better word.  I guess they are bored or lonely.  I've only watched two episodes.  The first claimed she created the fake FB account because she had been bullied and was trying to get revenge (she made up the fake account with a very attractive young man's picture).  The second guy said he started the account as a way to get feedback on a male model he was promoting (or something to that affect). 

What's interesting to me is one of these "relationships" lasted 8 months, and the other lasted an entire year.  As a viewer, the red flags were everywhere.  I couldn't believe that these people didn't see what I saw (& probably a good portion of the viewers).

As for the other thing you mentioned, did you know our IP addresses can be found on here?  Now, I haven't searched an IP address (I used to search random visitors to my myspace when I was bored, years ago) in a very long time, but the last time I tried, the search engine would only give the general vacinity, not an exact address.  However, if there are two, three, or four individuals posting from the same IP address well, you can draw your own conclusion ;]    

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Mon, 11-26-2012 - 8:33pm

I have this friend who has been having online chats w/ this guy who was in the Army (and deployed overseas) for a few months now.  The last time I saw her she was all excited because he was supposed to come home around now.  She said he had adopted a son and she had also been talking to the son on the phone.  Oh she talked to the guy on the phone all the time.  I believe she said that he was a friend of a friend & saw her pic on Facebook so since she didn't meet him online, I didn't give her my usual speech about being cautious (because I got contacted from a guy on OLD who turned out to be a scammer).  I thought she had verification from someone she knew that he was the real deal.  Well I was with a mutual friend who told me that she ended up not meeting the guy or that he didn't come home & the whole thing was off so now I really have to find out what happened.  I feel bad cause she was so excited to meet him.  It doesn't make sense to say that you're in love, but based on the scammer guy who contacted me, if someone does this to a bunch of people, they have the whole thing down & can be very smooth & make you feel really great that someone is interested--even though the whole time the guy was contacting me and saying his line, I would never say things to him like I was in love--I would be the sensible one saying "but we really don't know each other cause we've never met" and stuff like that.  But it was building up the fantasy in my mind.  Luckily the whole thing only lasted about a month--it was from about Thanksgiving to Christmas.  I always figured that even though he was on a "business trip" that started soon after we started emailing, he would certainly be home for Christmas cause he supposedly had 2 little kids--then when he couldn't give me a certain date that he would be home & was saying that maybe he would have to send them to the house of the principal of their boarding school, things really started not to make sense.  What kind of parent, who is supposedly widowed and therefore the only parent, wouldn't come home to be w/ his kids on Christmas?  That's about when he "lost his wallet", couldn't access his bank accounts and started asking me for money.

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Mon, 11-26-2012 - 6:29pm

I have seen that movie Catfish and I wasnt impressed at all.. I thought it was weird and buyer beware I guess..Like alot of things these days it appeared it was geared toward the cyber younger generation although the woman in the  movie who wasnt who she said she was and was the mother of the girl who was trying to hook up with the guy.. (sorry gave away the movie)

Anyway;; I guess that is why we can change the channel (lol)

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Registered: 07-16-2001
Mon, 11-26-2012 - 6:07pm
I saw some of it when I was home this weekend. I'm really not into fabricated drama (which is what these shows are about) so I don't think I could watch it all the time. I really don't get how someone could think they're in love with someone they've never met. It just doesn't make sense to me!
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Mon, 11-26-2012 - 4:06pm

Oh, I was just referring to the discussions about potentially fabricated posts...but I shouldn't get that going again! I just think it's interesting how someone can hide behind a computer and be whomever they want to be. I haven't watched Catfish--why do these people do it (the ones that lie, that is)?

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Mon, 11-26-2012 - 3:29pm

What do you mean it brought back memories of this board? 

I saw this, did you know that the show on MTV is the result of a documentary they did about the host?  It had happened to him.

It's good TV, for sure.  However, I don't really know how I feel about the fact that the host seems to encourage a friendship between the two even after all of the truth comes out.  If you've watched an episode, the person who was duped gets angry and asks to leave.  Then the next thing you know, the two are alone in a room together and it all ends with a hug or a handshake.  I'm an open minded person, but a liar is a liar and I don't have any use for someone like that . . . I mean, I wouldn't wish anyone any harm.  If they were to apologize and ask for forgiveness, I'd likely accept, but I don't think I'd want to be buddies with them.   

(site is acting screwy so sorry if this is a duplicate)