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The Millennial Thief – Cat Fishing

Yes, you heard it right, catfishing! It’s a term used to describe a person who steals, or takes another’s identity. Most commonly used throughout the internet and especially social media, catfishing is a very frustrating way of finding out that you are making claims and performing questionable acts of fraud elsewhere on the internet. But in actuality you are just a normal person who posts about your daily interests and personal life.


Know what’s on the hook

While catfishing is commonly done to hide a person’s true personality as they shy away from social exposure, here some acts that could reset your view of this privacy defying act:


• Acquisition of Personal Sensitive Data.
• Means of Fraudulent Acts.
• Acquiring credit card & financial details.
• Means of Breaching Real-time location & whereabouts.
• Means of acquiring funding through impersonation.
• Ability to persuade and cheat multiple persons without consequence.
• Ability to perform acts of Perversion or Pedophilia without digital trace.
• Online Dating Fraud.


Baiting the Infinite world of Cyber Space

Cyber security is a pressure sensitive issue in the world right now, as billions of bytes of information is being transferred worldwide as we speak, this becomes a pressing issue as your personal digital space is being breached if you don’t take the right measures. Sensitive information such as this can be considered a form of digital currency for the ever-prying eyes of the catfish, and if you’re not careful enough, you’ll fall prey when you least expect it.


Fear the Big Catch

Scared yet? Thought so. These heinous acts of identity theft cannot go under the radar as the repercussion can be drastic once the “Catfish” so to speak, has done some serious damage to your personal life and alias, making you liable for all crimes or acts he has committed digitally or real-time using your digital persona.


Time to Reel in the Catch

What’s the best way to avoid these alien beings falsifying your precious digital presence? Two words “Increase Privacy”, it’s as simple as that. All digital media platforms offer extensive privacy settings that make sure the catfish doesn’t swallow you whole. About time you explore your privacy and security settings and make sure they are at an approval level standard for even viewing your data. Follow the below link to get an idea of the options available on the most common platforms catfishing is performed;


Facebook Privacy – https://www.facebook.com/help/325807937506242/
Instagram Privacy – https://help.instagram.com/116024195217477
Twitter Privacy – https://support.twitter.com/articles/20169886
LinkedIn Privacy – https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/66/managing-your-account-and-privacy-settings?lang=en


Take the fish out of the water

Are you going to let impersonation go unanswered? Of course, not! The best move to make after you’ve realized that you’ve been cat fished is to directly report the profile to the respective social media platform. See, they take this stuff seriously! Want an added advantage? Make sure 5 or more of your friends report the account too, that way they will dig into the details of the profile and delete the account permanently, of course, not everyone can do this, sometimes the social media platform will ask you for some identity and it may take a day or two, but hey! That’s better than having a digital twin who’s up to no good. Cause not all digital publicity, is good publicity.

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Kevin Kulatilake
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