'I just wanted to keep my eye on her.'Patra set up the fake Facebook account after Marissa began spending all of her time on the site, and arranging to meet boys she had befriended online.Posing as a man called Tre, Patra began chatting to her find out about her behaviour, but soon discovered details about her niece she didn't want to know. I know how I can see you, come to the house and kill my aunt.' Patra admitted she was stunned at the venom in her niece's messages that she unknowingly was sending to her aunt.'I'm thinking no this isn’t real,' she alleged.'Catfishing' is a term for the process of luring people into false relationships that has become increasingly prevalent with the rise of social media.By creating fake profiles on social networking sites, predators can trick people into thinking that they are someone else entirely.
I had a lump in my throat, I don’t remember speaking cohesively.Patra recalled a stream of messages Marissa sent after one particularly explosive row, when Patra attempted to restrict the teenager from leaving the house at unusual hours after she had set up a pretend date with 'Tre'.'I feel so trapped, she won’t let me see you! 'In the instant she said "yes I want you to kill them all and the dog", she reiterated it.'The woman says she was left in fear for her life after Marissa allegedlyexplained in detail how to get into her auntie’s bedroom so that 'Tre' could murder her.'I was really scared, I truly was.F*** my auntie,' Marissa allegedly wrote.'B**** don’t know s*** about me. She was so callous about it and specific.'Patra believed Marissa was serious about the plot when she told 'Tre' that she had packed a suitcase and was ready to leave as soon as he accomplished the alleged murder.The fabricated life stories and photographs that they cobble together online often contain the experiences, friends, resumés and job titles that they wish were their own.Social media and dating accounts offer a window into the life these scammers want the world to see, but the real people behind the façade are often totally different.