The Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Informatics is working to increase public awareness of the catfish phenomenon on the Internet

Jakarta, IndonesiaAnd the March 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As concerns grow about the potential moral hazards of the online catfish phenomenonIndonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Informatics (Ministry of Communications and Informatics), across the Siberkreasi National Digital Literacy Movementincreases initiatives to raise awareness of the Indonesian public through an online event called “Obral Obrol liTerasi Digital: Mengenal Fenomena Penipuan Catfishing” which was broadcast live on Youtube and Facebook at February 24 2022.

The Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Informatics is working to increase public awareness of the catfish phenomenon on the Internet

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Notable guest speakers include relationship expert and psychologistDiane Wisnordani; Mavindufact checker, febrilian mountain range; and Siberkreasi/ICT Oversight Steering Committee, Donnie BU

Catfishing phenomenon

Catfishing is a term used to describe a scam that uses a false online identity to deceive the victim. The scammer typically uses unwanted photos and information of another person to create a believable online persona that may romantically attract victims, only to eventually blackmail them and lead the victim to suicide in extreme cases.

This fishing phenomenon turns out to be a major disappointment when using dating apps. A study reported that 65% of the total of 18,000 participants in 27 countries (including Indonesia) were afraid of being cheated on dating apps, and disturbingly, 15% of all respondents reported that they had actually been cheated on. Among those scammed, cat hunting is the number one method of action with 51% of those targeted falling for it.

The Internet allows anyone to create their own identity, so that anyone can be any character they want on the Internet. “The identity game becomes a form of complacency when the perpetrators are seen as someone else in the eyes of people. Unfortunately, this technology is also used to commit fraud,” said Doni.

catfish characteristics

There are main characteristics that can be noted to identify catfish online, namely: refusing to make a video call, avoiding meeting face to face, and restricting communication only via chat and voice calls. “Most likely, the perpetrators of the catfish are acting in this way to protect their identities from exposure. Therefore, the victim would have no evidence of the actual face of the perpetrators of the catfish,” Bentang said.

Further, Diane holds that the phenomenon of bullying occurs when people do not feel comfortable being themselves and thus the offender cannot show their natural selves without any disguise. “From the point of view of psychology, this is called identity confusion, so they are confused with themselves. If we use Facebook or Instagram, when we frequently take pictures with filters instead of being natural, it shows that something is going on with the personality of this,” he said. Diane.

Currently , Indonesia The Ministry of Communications and Informatics continues through Siberkreasi to prepare numerous webinars and workshop events dealing with digital literacy.

For more information about Obral Obrol liTerasi Digital or other upcoming Siberkreasi events, please visit And follow @siberkreasi on social media.

About the Ministry of Communications and Informatics in Indonesia

Ministry of Communications and Informatics Indonesia Through Ditjen Aptika the primary function of the dissemination and development of the national digital infrastructure to accelerate Indonesia digital transformation.

The Ministry is working with the national digital literacy movement Siberkreasi as its partner to provide education about digital literacy to the wider audience through various forms of media. This movement focuses on using digital literacy as a means to raise national capacity and strengthen the Indonesian people.

Source: Ministry of Communications and Informatics