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It’s easy for some of the smartest people to lose all sight of common sense when they’re being reeled in by a catfish: an online imposter who tries to win your sympathy — and your love — by creating an elaborate scheme.

Award-winning technology reporter Kurt Knutsson, known around the country as Kurt the Cyber Guy, shares his top ten reality checks to see if you’re being baited by a catfish.

The woman whose picture he’d been shown was that of an entirely different person.

He was heartbroken to find he had really fallen for no more than a mirage.

While it may initially sound trivial, if not superficial, the implications of such an occurrence are profound.

The mind has a powerful way of weaving intricate narratives about reality when in love.

Study findings indicate when shown pictures of their beloved, individuals have better pain tolerance.

Hence, one can start to understand the strong attachment that can form from thousands of miles away through the exchange of repeated sentiments and promises of lifelong love with no more than a photo in hand.

Online dating has been around for quite awhile, and predates official dating websites such as e Harmony or Match.

Chat rooms, Facebook messages, and even plain email have made such connections possible.

In the show , Nev and his team partner with individuals in such relationships where no actual face-to-face meetings have occurred due to the other person’s evasion of the meeting request.

Most often on the show it is the men avoiding meeting the women.

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