Unfortunately, I received an email today from someone sharing they were engaging with "Ben Hillard" online. It didn't take them long to figure out they were being catfished by Julie thanks to this website and other resources. The heartbreak does not get easier to hear about. It saddens me that Julie continues to do this. She's relentless. Her victims always prevail. It's been 13 years since I first encountered Julie online and there were victims before me. There's no telling how long this has been going on, but a safe guess is at least 16 years. It's so pathetic that I just laugh and shake my head.
"I wish I had reverse image searched his pictures sooner and found your website! I can't believe I fell for it all for a little over two months. I just saw your website yesterday (8-13-15) and told him I was done and included a link to your website. Zero reply. Needless to say I always believe that people are good and give them way too many second chances.
I'm working on writing out the events and details of my encounter with this person, but I wanted to let you know what her new personna is. She's going by Abraham (Abe) Andrew Miller. From Cleveland, OH, but living in Denver now. Her kik name is abem85. Her phone number was (440)575-51** but she just changed it to (440)490-7312 on Wednesday 8-12-15. She's using Josey Greenwells pictures this time. If you want some pictures and screen shots please let me know. And I'll try to finish up my story this weekend... it's a bit lengthy. It has the exact same details as so many others on here."
Per the brave soul that decided to reach out on August 7, 2015 and share her story:
This has truly been such a bizarre experience! I'm so glad that you have this website.... It's shocking how elaborate and well thought out the lies are!! When I realized what was happening, I felt so disgusted that I deleted most everything right away just to get it out of my mind. But I have the phone number - 440-575-51**. The OKC name was aamil85. I never got a last name (also a red flag, but I never gave mine either).
Other distinguishing info/repeating info from other stories:
-likes country music - plays piano, guitar, and can sing
-would ask me to tell him secrets about myself
-said birthday was in Nov and he'd be turning 30. Only sibling without any kids.
-From Ohio, lived in NY for a while and worked for another sports team. Used to travel a lot for another job, but was missing too much with his family so he stopped.
-told me about his gay marine uncle who was having a breakdown one day
Don't hesitate to reach out if you are a victim. Minnesota, tell me your story. We are here for you
One of the women who was involved with this "catfish" did an interview yesterday for another documentary. I was asked how many victims and responded 43. I guess I spoke too soon!
Not much to say. She's still at it with no shame, no conscience, no consequences. Sickening.
I received the comment from the last blog. I have contacted them and am waiting on the response. I'm interested to hear her story and so are the others! I can't believe I'm surprised this is still happening but I'm glad people are still able to find answers.
#41 confirmed. 41 victims known to date. I also read something interesting. There is a case in PA that is apparently in the court process with the D.A. involved of a catfish and a hand full of victims. I'm waiting to hear more information and to find out how they made that happen.
Hello, My email is some what insignificant, and I apologise for wasting your time. I just wanted to reach out and say I feel for all the ladies who were duped by this person. I live in Australia, and I saw the Dr Phil episode 'To catch a catfish' the other day and those women looked shattered, especially Devon. I must admit, it was nice to see a happy ending for her and a big round of applause for banding together to make this person stop! All the best in your war against Catfishing, all the way from Oz :)
BRANDON ZANE WARNER:
Hi there, I was catfished by this same person, which I knew right away when I heard the voice on Dr. Phil. Definitely the same person. My cat fishing experience started in about 2003 or 2004. I met this person on The Sims Online, a game that was starting out at that time. Let me give you the names he/she was using then: on yahoo: jukeb0xjunky31 figment0520 and a bunch of variations of jukeb0xjunky. He said he was from Maryland, that he lived in Glen Burnie, had a twin sister named Dawn Warner, and his name was Brandon Zane Warner. He was a single dad, supposedly. There were several dates to meet set up, but he always bailed. I finally gave up after about a year and started dating in the real world, letting go of this person. However, I still think about this person once a day or more and wonder who he or she really was. Oh and their phone number was 410-409-8557. He used the following excuses not to meet me - he had an addiction to painkillers and had to go to rehab. His sister called me to let me know what was up. he had a car wreck. he had a serious heart condition and had to have surgery on it. he was afraid to fly. his sister had a surprise miscarriage. He actually sent me a box of what were supposedly his clothes, sprayed with his cologne. I gave them all to the Goodwill. I'm sorry that this has happened to others but I'm glad to know that I'm not crazy. This person was using pictures of a very built, tall, blond haired, blue eyed guy. He said he used to work for Verizon but was off work right then because of his heart condition, that he had also lost an infant son to the same heart condition. He said he didn't have to work because he inherited a fortune from his grandfather. He used to tell me about trips to Florida, he was a huge Nascar fan. He used to use phrases like, "Something that ugly shouldn't come out of your pretty mouth" whenever I would say a cuss word. He didn't think I should wear makeup, that I just wanted attention from others, etc. He knew a lot about music, said he was at one time a male stripper on a dare. He never asked me for money.