10 YEARS ago, catfishes were just a rare breed of bottom-dweller and internet dating was more or less in its infancy.
But fast forward a decade and “Catfishing” (where someone creates a fake internet identity) is increasingly commonplace online – ESPECIALLY on apps like Tinder and Bumble.
Tanith’s clip has racked up over 31,000 ‘likes’Credit: @tanithgregory/TikTok
But while most Catfishes go to great lengths to cover their tracks, one man has been called out on TikTok for his VERY “lazy” attempt.
Last month, Australian TikTok user Tanith Gregory exposed the hilarious Catfishing fail she’d spotted on Tinder.
At first glance, the man’s profile doesn’t raise any red flags – he had a selection of photos, filled in his age and described himself as “fun and loyal” in his bio.
But on closer inspection, Tanith found something that instantly exposed him as a Catfish – so can YOU spot it?
She noticed that ‘Andrew’ hadn’t cropped out the Google search for ‘Tim Johnson model’ at the top of the pictureCredit: @tanithgregory/TikTok
Captioning her video “How NOT to catfish 101”, Tanith exposed “Andrew” as a fraud when she spotted a rather suspect Google search at the top of his photo.
That’s right, the unlucky-in-love man had simply searched “Tim Johnson model” on his browser, taken a screenshot of the image and posted it on his fake Tinder profile.
Unimpressed with his lack of effort, Tanith said: “If you’re going to go to the effort of catfishing people on Tinder Andrew, at least go to the effort of cropping the Google search out…”
Unsurprisingly, the clip has racked up over 31,800 “likes” on TikTok and left viewers in hysterics too.
What is Catfishing?
‘Catfishing’ is when someone creates fake profiles on social media sites to trick people into thinking they are somebody else.
It is most common on social media and dating apps like Tinder.
They make up life stories and use photographs of unsuspecting victims to create fake identities. Catfishers add life experiences, jobs, friends and photographs to the fake accounts.
The term was first used in the 2010 documentary ‘Catfish’ – in which Nev Schulman discovered the gorgeous woman he fell in love with online was a middle-aged, married mum.
“This has killed me,” one replied. “Outright dead.”
Another added: “And at least put someone who looks 48!!”
“Saw one once using an actor’s photos from Instagram,” a third wrote. “A shot of his ‘friends’ was the cast of a show that included Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls!”
Meanwhile, a fourth joked: “Imagine this really is Tim Johnson and he Googled an image of himself because he didn’t it in his phone and forgot to crop… you never know!”
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