Catfishing gone wrong

I lived in a pretty quiet part of town, not many cars drove by. I was in my bedroom on a call with my best friend, we’ll just call her ‘Emilia’ for privacy; we got bored pretty often so we’d make videos together. We both owned YouTube channels, where we would time-to-time upload gaming videos. Our channel wasn’t bad, but; it wasn’t that good either, we’d get a decent amount of views and just fool around for the longest time, until we were satisfied with what we had done. We trolled a lot, and cat-fished a lot, so we pretty much thought we were professionals and weren’t intimidated. We had harmless fun, and we’d tell the victim about it after and apologise. We catfished a lot of weird people, but no person could compare to this guy, especially because he was the first one to approach us on our channels.

We had just finished editing another troll video and Emilia had come around my house, my parents were out on a business trip for the weekend, So Emilia promised to stay over until my paranoia would go away. After the video was uploaded a user with no profile picture, we’ll just call him ‘the creep’. Commented on our video asking for our Skype names and if he could play with us sometime.  I was kind of self-weary because no-one had ever asked for our social media right away. And I felt like he was older than both me and Emilia by his typing. I told Emilia that it didn’t feel right so we shouldn’t do it, she told me it was fine and that she would handle all of it.

She nagged me and even attempted to bribe me with my favourite chocolate bar at the store near the park. Of course I gave in, it was free food. But that still didn’t make my worries leave my head, I felt uncomfortable when Emilia asked for his email and we both emailed our Skype names.  I kept telling her my worries, she eventually realised I was mentally, and physically panicked. She told me right after the trolling we would remove him and his comments on YouTube. That made me feel relieved that Emilia was thinking about the future.

‘The creep’ sent requests on our Skype accounts, I decided to not add him but let Emilia make a group with me, the creep and her. He said he wanted to play with us on our games, so I didn’t see why I should add someone who makes me feel uncomfortable. We were playing now, he had given us his name and joined the party, we were on a call with him as well. I muted myself and Emilia for a second, to tell her not to give away any personal information. Then we continued with the call. I was right, he did ask for our addresses and our age saying it would be cool to hang out, Emilia was feeling uneasy by now, were we being beat at our own game? Or was this person after us?

He kept asking more questions, every 1 minute passed and we felt that we were talking to the wrong person to troll. I looked at Emilia and we both ended the call and removed him. We cut down because of this incident to a bit of trolling, to no trolling, we deleted our emails, skype and youtube channel. Just to make sure he doesn’t find us again, maybe this happened for the best so we could stop trolling. But If we had thought nothing of his questions and gave him all the answers, I’d hate to think of what would have happened to me and my bestfriend. Be careful who you catfish and troll, it disgusts me to this very day that 2 girls who were having fun were targeted. We were still young.

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