Have You Ever Been Catfished or Impersonated Online? 

By Kate Knibbs on at

Last week, we reported on the US Drug Enforcement Alliance (DEA) catfished drug dealers on Facebook by impersonating a woman arrested on drug charges. Closer to home, there was a case a few years back in which 19-year-old girl from Surrey was arrested for impersonating a boy online, to elicit sexual relations with other girls.

MTV's voyeuristic liar's carnival Catfish has been renewed for a fourth season, so there's at least enough TV-ready manipulation for another round of loneliness-induced rationalisations and heartbreak. But has catfishing happened to you, dear readers?

If it has, I have so many questions. How did you find out? Did you confront the faker? If you were getting impersonated, did you try to stop it?

If you have discovered that someone is using your images to trick other people online, you can report the accounts they've created for fraud, but it seems awfully hard to a) find out that it's going on in the first place and b) make sure they don't just open up a new account.

And the, of course, there's the other question: Have you ever catfished anyone? What was your reasoning?

Image by Jim Cooke