Poor Manti Te'o. After the football player had his "girlfriend," the one who supposedly died of leukemia, exposed as an elaborate hoax, everyone is wondering: Could Manti have been this naive? Or could he have been in on it to gain positive media attention? Manti admitted:
This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online ... To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.
Yikes. Sure is. But how could a grown man fall for such a scheme? Well, it's not that uncommon. In fact, I have a friend who may have fallen for something similar. After a year of "dating" a guy she was in constant contact with online, she finally decided he was a fraud.
Here are six ways you might know your online relationship is fake.