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BATON ROUGE - Social media expert Christi Domingue talked about the practice of "catfishing" on social media, and how to watch out for it.

She exlained "catfishing" is when people take photos or images from your social media profiles such as Twitter or Facebook, then re-post them with faked accounts to try and scam other people. The practice is often used to try to establish a romantic relationship with someone online with the intent of scamming them.

Domingue said some red flags include when someone you don't know contacts you and "pushes hard" for personal information or details. If they are interested in a relationship, but continue to rebuff requests to meet in person or talk face-to-face over video chats, that can also be a red flag.

If you think you're the victim of catfishing, report it immediately to the social media site. Experts also recommend letting other people connected to you know that there could be someone posing as you or using your information.

If you have questions about social media issues or topics you'd like Domingue to cover, email them to News 2 at 4.


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