Catfish Scams (Online Dating Scams)

Brad Alan Investigations is the nation’s top investigative service, regarding Catfish Scams.  Brad has appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, TLC’s “Catching The Catfisher, and in TV Guide Magazine (see below), for his expertise in investigating Catfish Scams.

If you are in an online relationship with someone whom you’ve never met, it may be beneficial to you to check the identity they have provided to you.  This could save you a lot of future time, money, and heartache, given the world we live in.  Brad Alan Investigations can verify the existence of almost anyone in the United States of America, for just a one time flat fee of $99.00. (For questions about those claiming to originate from other countries, please contact us for further details)
You may submit your Identity Verification Request by visiting our Contact Us page or calling us at (888) 688-5314.

Investigator Brad Alan looks on as Dr. Pfil explains his findings, in a Catfish Scam investigation.

Investigator Bradley A. Pfanner looks on as Dr. Phil explains his findings, in a Catfish Scam investigation.

Watch TLC’s “Catching The Catfisher” here to learn more about Catfish scammer.

If you have sent money to anyone online and you feel that you are a victim of this type of scam, we strongly recommend that you file a complaint with the Internet Crimes Complaint Center (IC3), for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, by clicking on the following link:


Catfish are running wild on the internet. Private Investigations into these scammers may be what you need. You may have seen recent television shows and documentaries involving these romance scammers. For those who have not, an Internet Catfish or online dating scammer could be defined as a person who pretends to be someone they are not, using social media sites, such as Facebook, to create false identities. These people most often create these identities to pursue deceptive or false online romances.

Investigators are finding a growing number of people, of all ages, male and female, are falling victim to these emotional predators. If you believe you, or someone you know, may be the victim of an Internet Catfish, contact us today. We understand the delicacy of emotions, when searching for the truth, in these investigations. Although we are based out of California, we have the capabilities to search the globe, during these investigations. See below for several red flags of an Internet Catfish.

You may have seen episodes of MTV‘s “Catfish: The TV Show“, where you thought, “Wow, catching a catfish seems to be pretty simple.”  Unfortunately, it is not as simple as it appears on the show.  Although Nev and Max do a fantastic job at locating these love scammers, as well as keeping up with them after first contact, the investigation is not as simple as the TV show would cause you to believe.  Although this has not been verified, there is a good chance Nev and Max have  a investigators working behind the scenes, for the more difficult aspects of the investigations.  Match that with the offer to appear on a television show and you have a yourself a catfish-victim meeting.  Below is a brief article, from TV Guide, stating Brad’s views on the issue.

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Common Warning Signs of an Internet Catfish or Online Dating Scammer:

  • No Webcam:  An Internet Catfish will often claim to not have webcam capabilities, whether it be that they claim their webcam is broken, or they simply do not own one.  The excuses for this claim will vary.  It should be known that most computers, today, have a webcam built into the monitor.
  • Few or No Pictures:  An Internet Catfish will sometimes refuse to send pictures or allow you to view pictures of them.  But, this is not common.  An Internet Catfish will generally send a false picture of someone they know, or simply taken from the internet.  If you are able to view photos of your supposed online friend, on a social media site, such as Facebook, you may want to see if the photos have other people in the photos, who are tagged.  An Internet Catfish will, generally, not have any “real friends” to tag.
  • Refuses to Send Current Photo:  We all know that everyone and their brother has a camera built into their phone.  Taking and sending a quick photo is one of the easiest things to do, in this generation.  If you have viewed photos of your supposed online friend, but they refuse to send current or dated photos, you may be dealing with a Catfish.
  • Professional Profile Photos: Professional looking profile photos are often a red flag, if you are looking at a profile that is not of a famous person or fan page.  This most often means that the photo was simply copied from the internet and used to create the fake profile.
  • Exciting Careers:  The claims of modeling or militaristic overseas work are very common in the Internet Catfish world.  Modeling is the perfect setup for artistic and professional photos they may send you.  Being overseas is the perfect setup to be unable to meet.  It may also be a setup to claim that they are constantly traveling.  The claim of a modeling career may also keep you interested in them.
  • Constant Traveling:  This gives the Internet Catfish two points.  The first being that they are able to give you hope that the chance to eventually meet is pretty good.  On the other hand, they will be able to use it as an excuse when they are unable to meet.
  • Unable to Meet:  The Internet Catfish will often begin to make plans to meet with you, but later back out, using a wide range of excuses.  They will often use traumatic events and illnesses, whether it be them or a family member, to back out of the meet.
  • The Use of a Virtual Phone Number (Google, Yahoo, etc.):  An Internet Catfish will sometimes take steps to remain hidden or untraceable by creating a virtual phone number.  Google is a common provider of these numbers.

** It should always be remembered that an Internet Catfish generally comes with a very manipulative, but charming personality.  They can be very good at tapping into your personality type, as well as your emotional wants and needs.  This can also make wanting to know the truth very difficult, for the victims of these people.  Often times, the victims of an Internet Catfish may already notice the red flags and have their suspicions, yet continue to communicate with them, because of the way they make the victim feel.

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