What is catfishing? A term most recently used by Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick when talking about the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax.
Jack Swarbrick said this: “I would refer all of you, if you’re not already familiar with it, with both the documentary called Catfish, the MTV show which is a derivative of that documentary and the sort of associated things you’ll find online and otherwise about Catfish or catfishing.”
What is Catfishing?
Catfishing happens whether it’s out of revenge, loneliness, curiosity or boredom, an emerging class of Internet predators cite dozens of reasons for scamming their way into romantic relationships with unsuspecting victims seeking love online by pretending to be someone they are not.
As Manti Te’o girlfriend story has been officially announced as a hoax, Notre Dame University spokesman Dennis Brown released a statement on Facebook which reads:
“On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te’o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax.
“While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.”