4. Google is Your Friend

What surprises me most about Catfish is that these people rarely Google each other themselves.

Of course, that might be a hindsight observation;

I don't think I ever Googled the Better Half, nor she me, but then, that was a different situation.

Don't feel like you're spying if you Google your online love.

You're just being vigilant and protecting yourself.

Better to find out that their name doesn't exist anywhere or there's fishy information attached to it within the first few weeks, right?

Don't wait until you've fallen completely in love.

Talk to Friends (and Friends of Friends)

Comments:

cat eyes
I saw the catfish stories in tv...pity to woman out there..
Heather Jensen
Mm, that's a great tip! :) Thanks for the comment Michelle!
Heather Jensen
Aww! That's so great! My girlfriend and I did the same thing. :)
Michelle Board
I like these tips. However, I have learned over my years of dating (on or off- line) that looking up someone, your "person of interest", it's good to check criminal background too. My mother started doing that every time I mentioned a new name, male or female. She told me she was watching out for me but I thought it was embarrassing and a little "crazy-stalker-ish" too. After finding the same results while dating a few that had a bad criminal history I believed my mother. I then tried her "method of madness" and started filtering my choices based on criminal background along with some of her standards (with a dash of my own flare) and have nothing but the best results. I even do it for other friends and family now! ;)
Fantabulous Gabby
Just mentioned the post on Twitter
Raine
My boyfriend and I met on YouTube 2.5 years ago. We fell for each other quickly and luckily we were both very honest with each other from the very beginning. We both consider ourselves very lucky. :)
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