Monday, January 30, 2017


Catfishing in gay social media sites is a growing problem especially in Cagayan de Oro City.

Catfishing is when someone creates a fake profile (fake photographs) on social media sites to trick people into thinking they are somebody else.  They make up life stories and use photographs of unsuspecting victims to create fake identities.  (

Aside from being catfished, your identity might be stolen.  When you share your photo, make sure you watermark it.  Put a mark on your photo so no one can claim it as their own.

Always ask to chat through webcam first before meeting.   You can chat through Skype, Viber and others.   If they refuse to chat through webcam or even through your phone cam (video phone chat), be careful.

These swindlers feed on your desires, on your emotions.  That is how they convince you to do anything they want you to do.  For example : "Magmahay ka gyud kung dili ta magkita", "Lami kaayo ko mo romansa, magmahay ka gyud",  "Karon ra gyud ko bakante, magkita na ta karon".  Never allow them to control you.  Control the situation before it gets out of hand.  

If you get robbed, report it to the police.  By not reporting these swindlers to the police, you are giving them permission to rob other people.

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