WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - In the wake of the Manti Te'o faux girlfriend scandal, many are wondering how could he have not known? Thepractice of "catfishing" is the subject of a show on MTV, that aims touncover the truths and lies of online dating, and a local woman told herstory of being "catfished" on the show's second episode.
Trina "theNatural" sat down with our sister station WUSA9 in Washington D.C. to explain how the phenomenon couldpotentially happen to anyone.
Trina says there weren't red flags. "Lee, he was just so sweet, likethe conversation, that's the first thing to a good relationship. It'sterrible that I don't, it's not really him."
The Silver Spring model/dancer says she started talking to a mannamed Lee after meeting on Myspace. They carried on an onlinerelationship for about a year. Lee sent Trina three pictures during thattime, but it turns out they were of someone else.
The show brought Trina and Lee together, and Trina was faced with thereality that the man she fell in love with over the phone was 32instead of 27, had four children instead of two, and did not have thesix-pack abs and model good looks seen in the pictures.
"It was so heartbreaking, I'm talking to a guy who I'm thinking isthis guy, and the whole time, it's another guy with a whole differentbackground, got family, kids, you know, things of that nature , and I'm24 years old thinking we share the same, similar dreams and things likethat and everything was a fake."
"I wish that the one I was talking to pretending as Scorpio was really the one."
Trina says she believes this can happen to anyone.