As the host of a new episode of “Catfish” on MTV, Nev Schulman, explains in his opinion, in order to avoid online scammers.
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Nev Schulman, was famously duped by someone pretending to be someone else in the documentary ” Catfish.” Now, he travels the country to help people avoid the same fate when it comes to meeting strangers online.
Schulman, 34, the host of the MTV tv series “Catfish,” in which he explores the stories of the people who believe that they are getting “catfished” by a rogue, or a lonely person, hiding behind a curtain of lies. Sometimes the stories end in heartbreak, but some end up with a real, human connection. However, speaking to Fox News, Schulman made it clear that it is the one thing they all have in common is that they are all disturbing in some way.
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“It is interesting to note, that I have made, I think, is that it now has more than 140 episodes of the show, and no two are the same. They are very similar, in some respects, but there are always a number of unforeseen and unexpected twist, which will find it’s way into the story, whether it’s at the beginning, the middle, or the end of it,” Schulman said. “This is the last season of the broadcast, and now is no different. I think that as the internet continues to evolve, and as we continue to figure out how to deal with it and use it and discover new things just come up.”
It’s safe to say that, after more than 140 studies, and who have ever been the victim of a catfish himself, Schulman is an expert at sussing out fraud. Although, he says, is that of social interaction, are changing as fast as technology is evolving, there are certain patterns that remain the same.
“It’s funny, that’s the nature of the relationships I see on the Fish are to be very specific. These are people who, for the most part, met each other as friends. Once in a while, it will start as a dating app, but most of the transactions,” he said. “You can go on-line, you’ll get a ‘friend request’ from someone you don’t really know you, but you need to have a number of mutual friends, so say, ” sure.” Then, they start acting very friendly, and you’re going to fall in love with them, and perhaps leads on to the next thing, and before you know it, you’re in a relationship with you.”
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Schulman stops short of the right to get catfished, only with online dating, because of what he’s seen of this great “relationship” will develop, a friendship or just a bit of innocent, non-romantic conversation countless number of times. However, when it comes to ways to avoid getting catfished by 2019, the host said that the base will not be changed.
“Of course, you can lie, or are having a bad day. But the problem is when you have too much of yourself into a relationship you haven’t met before,” he said. “I would have to say that it’s a trend, or if people are going to online date, just know that when you’re talking to someone, maybe, I don’t know, in a couple of weeks, and apart from the odd circumstances, such as travel or work and that they will not be able to meet up with you, Something is likely to be out of it, and that’s what you’ve got to look forward to.”
Schulman hosts a new crop of episodes, which will debut in June at the MTV video music. Even though he is without his loyal co-host, Max Joseph, who left the show in 2018, he is happy to be back and to get out there and help some people.
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“I am very excited about this season of “Catfish” for a lot of reasons. We went to a few and wanted a new place, you had to do things that have never happened to us to happen, and I have some really great co-host for this season. Some of you have already seen on the previous page, so that you don’t have to, which is incredibly refreshing energy to the show, and we had a lot of fun. So, I’m thinking that I want people to watch the show, because there’s a lot of, you’ll be able to see that’s not going to be able to change the way you think about yourself, but in the show it drives people to change the way they talk about each other in more ways than one.”