Catfish

This is a story about me. I have never really fared well with men I am not super attractive at least in my opinion I’m 28 years old short maybe about 5’2 and weight about 130lbs.

But I had managed a relationship with someone, but at some point something went wrong and we went our separate ways but not in a very typical way. You see at some point in my life I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease that caused me great pain and due to this I had to stop working and was forced to go on disability.

While i waited for disability to approve of me I had to rely on others to take care of me I only had some money I had put in a 401K from my 10+ years of working, so having no other option I lived with the ex-boyfriend who said he would help out until the lease on the apt.

we rented expired. During this time I had been close friends with a few people I played and online game with called Final Fantasy XIV and from there I met someone who wanted to date me. I should of said no to it due to it being an online game but I had heard of others having success with finding love online.

He said he was 23 years old Spanish/Italian and worked as an architect named Irwin Acevideo, he loved to talk about his work and even told me what place he worked at in California.

We had been friends before we started dating and in the past he had been sad because he couldn’t find a girlfriend who he got along with and would share his life with. He told me about how he was cheated on and how it made him feel when he found out that I had been cheated on as well. We seemed to have a lot in common and would watch movies together through skype calls, though because my disease and waiting on disability to go through I had no income so I was not able to afford a cell phone to call him and he said that he had been taking care of his brother so he had no money to spare for anything fancy.

We were both not able to get a cell phone or computer with a camera, I guess at the time I honestly didn’t think much of it he still sent me pictures and called me on skype everyday I on my old lap top that barely ran and him on his old phone that wasn’t able to do video or pictures.

He would send me pictures that his friends would take on there phones so that I wouldn’t forget what he looked like.

I thought it was going good but then the living situation got really bad, I needed to get out of this situation and after talking to Irwin he said it would be best for me to move out as soon as possible. My ex-boyfriend and I agreed to let a friend stay with us on the condition he would pay half the rent when I went on disability up until I got it, this guy was fired from his job and kicked out of his apt and had no place left to go so we thought we were being kind. However 4 months after living with us he got really violent with me but my ex-needed someone to help with bills so he looked the other way.

After I had stopped our roommate from strangling our cat he started throwing chairs and even raised his fists to me. Irwin said that he would help me get a place out were I lived I lived in the mid-west while he lived in Cali. Irwin told me that he would take care of me and to take some of my 401K and prepare for his arrival that he can easily find a job out were I live and decided to move.

I used some of my 401K and got my car fixed bought some furniture got boxes and started packing.

During this time people told me stories about him and I thought them to be nothing more than high school drama BS but I could feel some truth to it, Irwin flirted with a lot of girls, I just thought that it must of happened before he met me.

3 months passed and Irwin finally decided to move he said he had a friend who was gonna help him move his stuff with him and he would bring his car while his friend drove a truck with his things in it. So in mid November he took to his quest to come to me in the mid-west and I happily waited for him all the while skyping and txting each other on skype.

On the second day I messaged him and he didn’t respond I just thought he was driving and maybe I shouldn’t bother him but on the 3rd day when he didn’t respond I got worried and tried calling him over and over and over. Finally i got a txt on skype from his friend who told me that he got into a car accident but is stable in the hospital, I demanded to talk to him but was told that they didn’t want him to talk to anyone because the phone can cause problems with the machines.

I think a few days went by and finally I was able to talk to him and he told me that he had a few bruised ribs but other than that he was fine.

I thanked the lord so many times I was so worried about him I was in tears for days. I finally calmed down and we talked about his family and how his mother didn’t want him to move so she was going to get him and bring him home I guess claiming I was only after his money.

Though after a conversation with him we both agreed that he was old enough to make his own decisions and that we both had no money to spend.

I believed him when he said he wanted to be there for me and that he wanted to live with me and be with me forever. We also discussed when he can leave and when he would be arriving in my home town, we decided that it would be best for him not to drive and opt out for a flight to my home town. His friend said he would bring his belonging still but wanted to help take care of Irwin for awhile since he had some hurt ribs. When finally that day came a week after being in the hospital he boarded a flight out to my home town with a lay over in another city.

He had said that he had never been on a plane and wasn’t sure how to navigate through the airport. On the flight over to my hometown I anxiously waited for him to call so I could come pick him up but the call came a day later than normal and it was now Christmas or the eve of. He said that all the flights were done and he couldn’t get out of the place he was at, I guess he had gotten off at the lay over and then didn’t know what one to get on and missed his flight somehow.

But the good news was that he was in my state and I knew were he was I told him to either stay in the hotel or take a bus to my home. So he chose to take a bus and he would tefxt me here and there and tell me about the bus he was on and the people that were on it. Then the txt stop for 3 days and my heart was aching I thought the worst and called the police and hospitals.

But after that 3 day he finally messaged me and told me, the bus stopped and he decided to get some snacks and use the rest room and while in the restroom he was mugged and stabbed.

I think at first I believed his story but after a short talk with some of my friends they told me it sounded odd that he has so many bad things happen to him in such a short time.

I was told that either he has the worst luck known to man or he is lying and so I decided to keep talking to him to help him, but also to do research on the events that happened to see if there was any mention of a car accident and even went as far as calling the bus lines and asking them if someone was missing from a bus.

While doing that I talked to Irwin and he said that an old man found him in the restroom and took him to his house he wanted payment for saving his life but Irwin didn’t have any money and what little he did have was stolen.

So he called his brother who came in and helped get him to a safe place this all took a week or more to do.

During this time Irwin’s friend and his brother met up and went to get him and they started to drive him to my home town. The places they passed and he told me about were places I knew and remember visiting as a child, I couldn’t understand why he was lying to me about all this it didn’t make any sense to me if he was lying why would he keep making things up? was it really happening? Either way I just wanted everyone to be safe and at this point i stopped eating and sleeping out of stress as well as my disease that got a lot worse under stress the pain was getting bad.

But I had to know what was really going on and I had to hear it from him. While I was home I couldn’t really think straight and actually went and got pizza in hopes that everything was real and my friends and I were wrong.

I guess I might of been unsure of him and of myself because his stories he told me seem to add up and I had known him for a while now I had no reason to doubt Irwin.

But again he was only but a few hours away and I didn’t hear from him for 3 or 4 days, I think by this time I was tired of being messed with and I wanted the truth he sent me a message saying that he loved me and that he wanted to talk to me on skype. I knew it was gonna be something big but I needed to know so I messaged him back, sure what did you want to talk about? He said that there were some things that he had to tell me and he was afraid to tell me before. He sent me a message on skype:

Crystal the person I showed in the pictures isn’t me.the job i said I had I don’t have I’m not Italian either.the reason it took me long in telling you this was because wen I first showed you the person in the pic was because I wanted you to think I’m cool but I started to developed feelings for you. And I knew if I told you the truth you would never talk to me or trust me. Okay I’m still in my place in California.I just can’t keep hurting you anymore or putting you threw this stress anymore. I really do love you and want to be with you.I’m very sorry I never told you this earlier. I will understand if you don’t want to talk to me or want to be with me.I’m sorry crystal I’m very sorry.

If you don’t to have anything to do with me I understand.

The entire time he wasn’t who he said he was he told me lies to get money from me and whats scary he knew were I lived and what I looked like. I read this time and time again and at first I felt bad for him and wanted to stay his friend but I found out that he has done this to many girls. He has gotten away with it every time and plays a sad roll at the end to make it seem like he was not being a bad person. I seriously worried about giving his information away and a lot of things have happened since then but I worry that he is gonna take advantage of another person like he did me so I give his name freely on social outlets he is known as Raiden Sakurai (ff14), Darkness Knight(skype), Irwin Acevido(real name), Sub_Zero_Lord(PSN) Don’t let him prey on you!

I have already posted all this to reddit so if you don’t post it in the story it will be other places!

2 thoughts on “Catfish

  1. You need to have more confidence in yourself. Regardless of what others say or do, you have to love you before you can be fully loved. If not, this will be one of many stories. Who wants to go through that?
    I’m sorry you were played but the signs were there early on. Learn from this, don’t let it happen again – considering, you were lucky.

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