Catfishing is defined as “the process of luring someone into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.” This deceptive practice is used for financial gain and can be used in either romantic relationships or a friendship/acquaintance.

I heard a form of this recently happening to someone I know. This person was sent an email from someone they knew, but their friend’s email was hacked – which seems to be happening more and more these days.

The hacker or “catfisher” sent this person a message saying they needed help getting a gift card for their niece, was having difficulties and needed their help. Seeing that the email was sent directly from the email address they were familiar with, and being a generally trusting person, they purchased a $200 gift card online and sent the hacker information for its…

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