If you don’t know what “catfished” means, you haven’t been following the Manti Te’o saga. Short definition: getting involved online with a person who is misrepresenting him/herself. As in maybe not even existing.
The State Department is offering tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of these sweetheart scams. Here’s the link.
One tipoff that the person you’re “dating” is scamming you: “The scammer has incredibly bad luck — often getting into car crashes, arrested, mugged, beaten or hospitalized — usually all within the course of a couple of months.”
Friday we’re running an entertaining article by Bloomberg View sports columnist Johnathan Mahler, in which he places the Manti Te’o story in context with “Notre Dame’s grand tradition of hooey.” We had to cut it a bit in the print edition. Here’s the full article.