Beware of Catfish Scams. This involved a FAKE profile for Kate Brianna Fulton on Twitter. She Tweeted, "Somebody help me,". Then a famiy friend reported her missing at the U.S. Embassy in Moldova. Soon police were combing hotels and hostels in a European town looking for the teenage kidnapping victim. But they would never find her. Kate Brianna Fulton did not exist.
Authorites busted the teen and he confessed. He claimed it was a "joke”--a prank on another classmate.
She was the creation of Andriy Mykhaylivskyy, of Rutherford, N.J., who claimed her kidnappers were demanding a $50,000 ransom, according to authorities. The 18-year-old invented Fulton and created accounts for “Fulton” on Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, the New York Daily News reported.
Mykhaylivskyy was arrested Tuesday. He was charged with making false statements to a U.S. official and held on $5,000 bail. He faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted