My husband and I used the Internet to get to know each other when we first met.
Those were the days before online dating, but because we lived 3,000 miles away from each other, we used the Internet to communicate and become closer.
Tuiasosopo even sent a photo of a beautiful girl who was purported to be Kekua.
Eventually, a photo search revealed that the photo had been lifted from the social media site of an unwitting 22 year old woman named Diane O'Meara.
If a person makes excuses every time that you want to Skype or talk via phone, this is a red flag.
They might claim that they don't have time, or that their camera is broken, but keep in mind that every modern day smartphone, laptop and tablet has the ability to video chat.
Almost everyone in the United States has some sort of Internet presence that when pieced together creates a real identity.
But friends who appear in photos or tag people regularly are probably closer friends.Do an easy Google Image search on a photo and see if it pops up on someone else's social media account or elsewhere online.Recently, Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o was catfished by a 22 year old man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who claimed to be Lennay Kekua, a 23 year old woman.If they refuse, or make some excuse, that is a red flag.If they have only sent you one or two photos, it is likely that they took that photo from someone else's social media page or from somewhere else on the Internet.