What Is Catfishing? #AAH
Some of you might recognize catfishing as “romance scams” as well. In simple terms, this is when a person pretends to be somebody else, quite often of opposite gender, to emotionally manipulate for financial advantage or blackmail later.
Its technical description is- “Deceptive activity where a person creates a sock puppet presence or fake identity on a social networking service, usually targeting a specific victim for abuse or fraud.
Catfishing is often employed for romance scams on dating websites.”
Few ways to stay safe from this scam are:
– Don’t share personal, intimate, sensitive information online
– Watch out for online conversations turning romantic quickly
– Beware anyone who asks for money
– Be alert about someone who never speaks to you on phone or video calls
– Track your persona online to see what/ where your name/ pictures show up
Stay strong, stay aware, stay safe. Please mask up.
ABOUT ‘AKANCHA AGAINST HARASSMENT’
‘Akancha Against Harassment’ is India’s largest social impact initiative against cyber harassment. It was founded by Miss Akancha Srivastava in February 2017. Its a not-for-profit Section 8 organization.
Honorary Board of advisors
Foundation’s advisory board hosts – Vijay Shekhar Sharma (Founder & CEO- Paytm), ADG Navniet Sekera (Uttar Pradesh), Commissioner Krishna Prakash (Maharashtra), Dr Poonam Verma (Principal- SSCBS, Delhi University)
Goals of this initiative
The initiative aims at Education, Empowerment & Bridging of general population with the authorities.
Support of the Indian Police for the initiative
Bridging is the most unique attribute of the initiative. We have a host of over 65+ senior police officers from across the country supporting us in content & awareness drive.
This unique strength helps us address any victim complaints that come to us as well as inform people about various measures of law enforcement across the country.
Multilingual AI Chat helpline for cyber safety
We run India’s only private national multilingual AI chat helpline for cyber safety. This helpline is currently available in Hindi & English on our website. It can be accessed from any internet enabled device. You can chat here anonymously, fearlessly.
Stay Aware, Stay Safe.