The owners of the Catfished YouTube account, whose channel description says they “help people find lost loved ones and verify if someone you’ve met online really is who they say they are,” were able to prove to McKayla that the person she had been communicating with was not in fact Dacre.
Dubbing her catfish a “romance scammer,’ they explained that this type of scammer as someone who will spend “hours and days researching an individual” in order to take advantage of their vulnerabilities and create a connection “before attempting to extract money from them.”
And when it comes to those who might question how McKayla could have fallen for this scam, she had a few words to share.
“Love makes you do crazy stupid irrational things, I promise,” she explained. “And trauma does one heck of a thing to a person. If you’re someone like me, you’re afraid of abandonment and you’re a real big people pleaser and you’re very co-dependent. These scammers, they just kind of come in and they leech off that.”