It’s easy for some of the smartest people to lose all sight of common sense when they’re being reeled in by a catfish: an online imposter who tries to win your sympathy — and your love — by creating an elaborate scheme.
Award-winning technology reporter Kurt Knutsson, known around the country as Kurt the Cyber Guy, shares his top ten reality checks to see if you’re being baited by a catfish.
He put himself through college, and after working as a Nigerian soap opera actor and door-to-door men’s clothing salesman, he clawed his way into journalism.
Before that, he used to hang out with nomadic cow-herding kids, children who sell bottled water by the roadside, and budding scam artists.
I just returned from a reporting trip to Nigeria, where I was traveling around the country talking to terrorism experts, nomadic cattle herders, and government officials about how global warming affects conflict in the country. As a newswire reporter focused on the terrorist group Boko Haram, he was able to provide crucial context for my story.
But Michael* also grew up a “street boy,” meaning he was able to make fast friends in the slum villages and farming communities we visited.
I started experimenting with each part of my online dating, starting with my username, my photos, profile and last the emails. It’s just common sense when you think about it, I mean…
Google, Yahoo or Hotmail provide free email accounts. It’s important to remain anonymous until you’re ready to reveal yourself to a potential date.
This video walks you through the process of setting up a Google account. You don’t want a stranger to discover your identity and show up on your doorstep.
Yes, Nigerian scam artists, like the ones who send you emails purporting to be from an African prince who will pay you to help him move million into your country, and all you have to do is give him your bank account number.
I told Michael I wanted to interview his scammer friends. But I figured I’d be doing a public service by distracting the scammers from conning old folks for a couple hours.
Once I took that deep breath and hit the Get Started button it was simpler than I anticipated.