Case Study: Avoiding a “Catfish”
In early December 2015, we were contacted by Antonio, a businessman from California. He had been in an online relationship with Andrea for over a year. Andrea lived halfway across the country and things had been going well, but Antonio had become suspicious of her recent activities.
They met through an online dating site. Over the year, they had exchanged messages and photos and flirted with each other. But nothing more. When they first met, Antonio was married; Andrea was single and had just gotten out of a bad relationship. They had plans to meet each other on a number of occasions, but for one reason or another, the plans always got cancelled.
Andrea, who was a nurse, at some point had asked for a few hundred dollars to pay her cable bill. She had gotten behind on her bills and Antonio was happy to help.
Antonio ultimately divorced his wife and decided that he wanted to finally meet Andrea in person. He planned to meet her in Boston one weekend in early December. Andrea cancelled at the last minute. While Antonio dismissed the previous cancellations, this one bothered him. He had already taken the flight and was in his hotel in Boston.
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