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Something Tells Me That Wasn’t Brad Pitt

Posted June 17, 2017 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
Pathfinder Tags: Catfishing social media

It is easy to develop an online relationship in this day and age. Maybe you frequent your favorite band’s fan page and discover a group of like-minded people eager to befriend you, or you have found an online book club that Brad Pitt just happens to also be a member of.

Your conversations are innocent at first, discussing the book or maybe a particular character and then, suddenly, boom: You are both declaring your undying love for one another and lamenting the fact that you can’t meet anytime soon because of Brad Pitt’s very busy movie-making schedule.

Though the example may seem extreme, how do you really know who it is you are dealing with at the other end of that network connection? Maybe it isn’t Brad Pitt at all….

As more and more people fall victim to conducting online relationships with fictitious characters—dubbed catfishing—computer scientists from the University of Edinburgh, Lancaster University, Queen Mary University of London and King’s College London have jointly designed a computer model to detect fake online personas or profiles, focusing specifically on gender and age.

Using information gathered from 5,500 public profiles from an adult website (prime hunting ground for catfishers), the computer models were trained to accurately determine the age and gender of the users based on their network activity and the writing style of their comments.

The findings: Researchers determined that 40 percent of the adult site users lied about their ages and one quarter of users lied about their genders.

What motivates a person to lie about their online persona? According to researchers, there is no absolute agreed-upon reason about what motivates the lying.

The motivation behind catfishing can be malicious and meant for achieving financial gain ("I love you, now send me some money!") or for personal gain for those people who maybe suffer from low self-esteem but want to connect with someone else ("I really do want to meet you, but I am so busy making this movie!").There is also a population of catfishers who simply enjoy lying or that use the lies to escape their own reality.

Researchers hope to make the technology available across all social networks in the future in an effort to flag dishonest users.

What do you do in the meantime? Go ahead, talk to Brad Pitt. But if Brad Pitt starts asking you to send him money, maybe you want to reconsider that particular correspondence.

Have you ever been catfished?

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06/18/2017 7:35 PM

I have played with the online dating things a number of times and I have never had a problem picking out real people from scammers.

A buddy of mine however apparently can't do that to save his life.

I just hate talking about online dating with him due to hearing how he time and time again gets scammed bey bonehead obvious stuff, not just once but the same dumb scams over and over at that.

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06/19/2017 9:45 AM

Big clue is they usually don't have any family.

Another marker is they are in school. You get in contact with a 38 year old woman that looks incredibly hot and is in school. A lot of times they are a business owner too. But after a couple of weeks of correspondence, they've suddenly don't have any money to buy materials for class and need your help.

Another one is they are a single mother, owns her own business and after a few weeks of correspondence, suddenly her child is in the hospital and in need of an emergency surgery and doesn't have the money to cover it.

One of the biggest tell tale signs of a scammer is she never directly answers your questions.

Another one is she's American but overseas for some humanitarian organizations, like working for Doctors without borders. She's coming home soon and wants to meet someone and start a relationship. Picture is almost always some hot young woman and age isn't an issue. After a couple weeks of correspondence, their employer fires them and now they are stranded and no way to get home and no family to help them.

Women inmates are another one to watch out for. They don't have access tot he internet themselves but there are people that set up sites for people to get in touch with inmates and a lot of those inmates just want to scam you. Especially the ones that are in for long terms. There are some that just appreciate the opportunity to just be able to call and talk but those phone calls do add up because they charge $4.85/min.

I got scammed by a Russian woman from IRKUTSK. Russia. She didn't ask for money while we were corresponding until she suddenly decided she was coming to the States to see me. She even showed me her approved Visa and gave me her flight information. So I went to LAX and waited for her flight to arrive. I waited 3 hours after it was supposed to arrive. Since it didn't arrive, I went home and looked it up. The flight was delayed in France due to mechanical problems. When I checked my email she sent me an email asking for money. She was stranded in Moscow. She couldn't get on the flight because she needed to pay a $400 tax that was being imposed to pay for new security measures because or our 9/11. So I sent her the money. Then I get another email, after I'd sent the money and she'd picked it up, that said she had just left the Western Union and was robbed and needed money to return home. At that point I suspected I was being scammed but sent some money anyways just on the possibility that she was telling the truth and I didn't want to leave her stranded on my account. After the second time, I received another mail that was a repeat of the previous one. Then I knew for sure.

If you get an email from some hot babe saying she's seen your profile and thinks the world of you, check her IP address, if the IP is from Nigeria, that should also be your first clue. Besides the fact that she just sent you an unsolicited email anyway.

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06/19/2017 2:24 PM

Big clue is they usually don't have any family.

I'm single, never been married and no family, ....???... , maybe statistically speaking,... maybe... just look at the end of my post.

I have done that a few time,.. I always been honest. I have to admit that at times it was quite a ride. but frankly, I never had any regrets. As far as bad experiences, I called it off as soon as the online person stopped showing up and real person started showing up.

Funniest thing, I was always honest,... I had a pretty serious health issue, that require me to cash in one of my 401K's, hence open up the IRS to come down at me pretty hard.

I left the online dating scene, but I forgot suspend my account.

And when I was contacted, I was honest with them (IRS issues due to my health issues) , and told them I needed to clear that up first before I went back to dating.

And dammed if that made them ever more persistent..., I don't know if it was the empathy or what going on, but I think that is how the scammers work.

And by the way,... those that were persistent, we are good friends to this day,... the only reason it didn't develop was that their situation, they had to move and so it was the distant.

Also, some of my other friends,... would travel halfway across country to meet their 'online friend'. Hoping something would become of it. As they're explaining to me, about what a great guy he was,... I saw red flags left and right.

One time, I could not try to steer her away and out of the blue I asked her, what does you 'Online Friend's wife' has to say about it.

And on a hunch and a tongue in cheek, I told her what his occupation was,... 'Used car salesman'.

I'm not going to get into too much detail, but she broke down and started crying... and asked how I knew.

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06/19/2017 2:33 PM

But are you a hot babe? When it's a hot babe and they are tilling this right away, it's to get you sympathetic with them so they can manipulate you easier. She's really hot looking, she's out in the middle of Nowhere, Nigeria with no family and needs help. Every woman that has tried to scam me, claimed to have no family. Their parents died when they were little and had to be raised in an orphanage or a grandmother or aunt raised them and they just recently passed away.

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06/19/2017 3:06 PM

But are you a hot babe? When it's a hot babe and they are tilling this right away,

It’s interesting, the women I know that were hot, (I came to know them because I worked with them) ... and they used it to manipulate. I have always steered away from them...

The main ingredient, I think is desperation on one side, and a predator on the other.

I have to say,... when I got out of college, I was working at a company, and in our department we were made up with a lot of guys. A very good looking girl started working in our department, that was being intimated. And the users were after her, for,... pick one;

  • Another notch on their bed post
  • And addition to their harem
  • Arm candy
  • ect...

I got so fed up with it, becasue half these guys were asses... not to mentioned diseased.

I knew that these people would self-destruct given the right circumstance. What I did, I sent this girl flowers, anonymously, with a really, nicely written note and also with a clue. Everything I said was true, and told her we couldn’t meet up.

I added a clue, I did this so some of these pack of wolves wouldn't step in and claim it was them. They failed miserably.

Anyways, I missed the next day at work, and when I returned, WOW, it was like a nuclear bomb went off.

The girl had so much confidence, really made her day, as well it should.

And the guys, well;

  • it scared off the underlings 'company yes men', they thought it was the owner of the company… (He’s known for using his secretarial pool)
  • it also revealed the bastards who tried to claimed it was them who wrote the note. But they couldn’t answer the clue.
  • The remainder, it came down to shouting match (near fist fights) on the premise others were fishing off their pier. (These were the diseased ones)

I wish I was there to see it.

The down side, this girl, no one could have lived up to what she was expecting just from the flowers, hand written note and the clue. Not to mention the situation it caused.

I felt so guilty, even though I may have saved her from a bad decision, it was not any of my business and I never did something so foolish since.

But she still has a very good memory of it though. So I like to think it was a good thing.

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06/19/2017 7:03 PM

That would be my buddies type.

He has so far flown to Russia/Ukraine once with money he had to borrow from his parents to meet a girl that of course never showed leaving him to sit in a crappy low end hotel room for a week with nothing to do since he did not speak the local language plus had no money to spend either.

He has to date also lost over $10K to well known outright scams and spent 3 - 4 times that on stupid pay to play dating sites just to talk to girls that if they were real would be so far out of his league anyone else in his shoes would be embarrassed for presenting himself to.

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06/19/2017 1:40 PM

Mine comes in the form of telephone calls from ?? talking about my credit card, BS, BS. I usually say something, blah, blah, blah, do you blow, or it smells like fumunda cheese on your end of the line.

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06/21/2017 7:52 AM

Lets review:

  1. Brad Pitt is off making a big new movie and hasn't had time to keep in touch with friends for quite a while now.
  2. Lyn hasn't posted on CR4 since 02/15/17.
  3. Anonymous Hero hasn't posted on CR4 since 03/18/16.

Coincidence?

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06/21/2017 8:40 AM

ahhhh,.. 'Jack the Ripper' is still at large?

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