Ep. 17 – Protecting Yourself in a Catfishing World – Stacy Eldridge


No matter where you turn online, men are trying to connect with you.

One might be a military leader.

Another a hot single doctor. 

One a seemingly sweet admirer. 

While their messages may seem heartfelt, or at times, downright creepy, often, these men online aren’t after your heart. 

They’re after your bank account. 

Catfishing is typically used for romance scams on dating websites; however, catfishing often takes place on Facebook, Instagram, and many other social platforms, too. 

On today’s show, Brandi talks with ex-FBI, cybersecurity expert, Stacy Eldridge about all things catfishing. In this deceptive activity, a person creates a fake identity on a social networking platform to lure victims into fraud or abuse. 

In this show, you will learn:

  • different ways you can be phished
  • ways to spot a catfish
  • the first thing to do if you think you’re being catfished
  • what to do if you’ve already sent the person money
  • different ways you can protect yourself and your children online

If you have ever received a flirtatious message from a man online, have been a victim of catfishing, or spend a lot of time on social media, you won’t want to miss this episode.

Connect with Stacy at: 

Website: https://siliconprairiecyber.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SiliconPrairieCyberServices

Instagram: https://instagram.com/siliconprairiecyberservices


Stacy Eldridge began her security career nearly 20 years ago with the FBI as a digital investigator. But it wasn’t until the birth of her son that she realized she needed more flexibility in her career. Shortly before her son’s first birthday, Silicon Prairie Cyber Services was born, a woman-owned company designed to help small businesses and entrepreneurs protect their business and customer data. Stacy’s mission is to raise awareness in this area while providing businesses with the services they need without breaking the bank. Stacy has the following certifications: GSEC, GCCC, GCFE, ACE, and CFCE and received her Masters of Science from Bellevue University in 2006.

Mentioned on the show:

FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center – www.ic3.gov

Reverse Image Search – www.tinyeye.com


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