Publishes National Catfishing Report, Including State and Yearly Comparisons

February 10, 2020 — published its 2020 National Catfishing Report, uncovering the personal, state-, and nation-wide costs incurred by the falsification of online identities in the United States, as well as how it has evolved in the past year. Although catfishing is a digital breach of trust that can happen to virtually anyone, knowing the severity and likelihood of the crime in one’s own state can help deter future occurrences.

5 Worst States for Catfishing






See all state rankings and comparisons to last year’s statistics:

Catfishing has claimed a toll of over $300 million in the past year, a significant increase from years prior. The advent and proliferation of dating apps/services have all but ensured that deceptive online behavior is here to stay – whether potential victims are aware of the dangers or not.

The 2020 National Catfishing Report was created by analyzing data from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and combining it with corresponding U.S. Census figures. Results were then weighted and normalized to obtain relevant rankings and year-over-year changes.About is a comprehensive collection of online security and VPN resources built on years of personal experience and research. By creating informative online privacy guides, VPN reviews, and data security content for corporations, educational institutions, bloggers, and the everyday internet user,’s nomadic founder hopes to make the digital landscape of tomorrow a safer place for everyone. Learn more at

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