''I would refer all of you, if you're not already familiar with it, with both the documentary called "Catfish," the MTV show which is a derivative of that documentary, and the sort of associated things you'll find online and otherwise about catfish, or catfishing,' Swarbrick told reporters Wednesday in describing the incident involving his star linebacker, Manti Te'o.(MTV defines the term 'catfish' as a verb: 'Cat·fish [kat-fish]: To pretend to be someone you're not online by posting false information, such as someone else's pictures, on social media sites, usually with the intention of getting someone to fall in love with you.')The story of how Te'o and his girlfriend met had previously been chronicled in various news outlets and photographs of the girl were plastered all over the internet and in newspapers across the country.'This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online,' Te'o said.'We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her.To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.'The person who met him at the door was Angela Wesselman, a middle-aged overweight mother who admitted to creating the profile for Megan - as well as orchestrating an entire network of friends and family members to make Megan seem more authentic.
Schulman was shocked and humiliated, but he also described feeling sad for Wesselman.
He spent several days with her and her family trying to understand what drove her to concoct the elaborate scheme.
In the first episode, Sunny, a 21-year-old nursing student from Arkansas, has fallen in love online with a man named Jamison King.
Minutes earlier, Johnson had stood in the dock to admit his guilt on the grooming charge which relates to a period between December 30, 2014 and February 26, 2015 and a further charge of sexual activity on January 30, 2015 which involved kissing and touching the youngster's body.
Johnson is being represented by Mr Orlando Pownall QC.
Twelve journalists were allowed into the hearing which saw a further 18 people including the footballer's girlfriend, Stacey Flounders, who was accompanied by another woman, sat in the public gallery.
Whether it's out of revenge, loneliness, curiosity or boredom, an emerging class of Internet predators cite dozens of reasons for scamming their way into romantic relationships with unsuspecting victims seeking love online.
By creating fake profiles on social networking sites, these predators trick people into thinking that they are someone else entirely.
The fabricated life stories and photographs that they cobble together online often contain the experiences, friends, resumes and job titles that they wish were their own, providing a complete window into how these scammers want the world to see them - and how far they fall from those ideals.
The emergence of such elaborate social schemes online was brought to light in a shocking way in the 2010 documentary 'Catfish,' in which 28-year-old Nev Schulman fell in love with a gorgeous young woman's Facebook profile and her voice over the phone - both of which turned out to belong to a middle-aged wife and mother.
The potential victims always come to Schulman with a similar list of questions for their online lovers: 'Why does he refuse to chat via web cam? '; and finally, 'Why does it just seem too good to be true?