Catfishing is when someone pretends to be someone they’re not, using social media to create false identities. Catfishing is often used to pursue deceptive online romances.
Catfishing could lead to the dissemination of your personal information online, used in financial crimes or by a sexual predator leading to assault. Catfishing endangers your health by stripping away your anonymity and putting your mental and physical well-being at risk of being abused.
Recently, many Tufts students have been filing reports of catfishers who are claiming to be Tufts students. People posing as Tufts students have met up with actual Tufts students, with the goal of hooking up. While the Tufts students filing the reports have thus far been able to leave the situation unharmed, albeit frightened, we must be aware of the growing frequency of catfishing and be proactive about student safety in order to prevent student harm.
If you want to talk to someone confidentially, please contact:
Alexandra Donovan, Sexual Misconduct Prevention Specialist
617-627-5140 | Alexandra.Donovan@tufts.edu
Nandi Bynoe, Sexual Misconduct Resource Specialist
617-627-0765 | Nandi.Bynoe@tufts.edu | Dowling 701F