A real story about a single girl that meets a scam artist online. He tries hard to impress her, makes her believe he is single and just wants a chance. He posts attractive pictures of 'himself' and tells interesting stories (that are NOT TRUE). The stories and the pictures came from someone (a stolen identity) on Facebook.
The red flags: He acted emotional when she was not around; made her feel bad for not giving him a chance; said sweet things to her so she would come back online; when she came back, he pushed her away with verbal abuse or pictures of himself with (an automatic) girlfriend; hides behind seduction games; the cycle repeats over and over.
AND YOU WILL START TO FEEL LIKE YOU'RE IMAGINING ALL OF IT AND LOSING YOUR MIND....
All the while, his online buddies start to feel the same thing you're feeling...
Why doesn't he just meet IRL and get it over with?
BECAUSE HE CAN'T! HE IS NOT REAL! HE CAN NEVER and WILL NEVER MAKE IT REAL.
THE VICTIM OF THIS STORY LATER LEARNED THAT HER ONLINE LOVE INTEREST WAS REALLY A Lesbian pretending to be a man.
People, don't be another Catfish Story. Talk on the phone asap and meet IRL like normal singles do. A background check wouldn't hurt. Remember, catfishers CAN'T meet you because they are NOT who they say they are and their goal is to keep the online fantasy going for as long as their victims will allow.