Catfish's Nev Schulman feels 'vulnerable' online

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 May 2014
Nev Schulman and Max Joseph

Nev Schulman and Max Joseph

'Catfish' presenter New Schulman admits he is scared of people building fake profiles and impersonating him online

Catfish's Nev Schulman is scared of people impersonating him online.

The 29-year-old presenter of the MTV reality show - in which he and co-star Max Joseph unmask people using fake social media profiles to build relationships - admitted he feels "vulnerable" and "scared" when he thinks about people stealing his identity on the internet.

Nev exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I know for example there was one Facebook page - because I don't have a personal Facebook page - there was one pretending to me that had a lot of fans or followers or friends, I should say, on the page and was doing a really good job of convincing people that it was in fact me.

"It's scary because I can't control that and I can't know what someone's going to say and pretend. If they are pretending to be me how seriously will people take it? It really does put me in a vulnerable position that there is very little I can do about."

Nev even believes - in an echo of the reality show - that people believe they are building a personal relationship with him and are unaware that the profile is a fake.

He said: "It's very possible that someone may have been out having a more direct personal correspondence with one of those friends. It wouldn't surprise me if that was the case."

Nev insists that 'Catfish' - now in its third series - is doing even more to bring justice to those who have been tricked by such profiles on the internet.

He said: "The internet is still sort of lawless and part of what Max and I are doing, especially in Season 3, is holding people accountable and going after these catfish - or in some cases criminals - that think because it's the internet that they can get away with it and do whatever they want. [We're] picking up, in many cases, where the police have left off or simply cannot go any further, really bringing some justice."

'Catfish: The TV Show' airs on MTV tonight at 9pm.

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