There have been many shocking stories told on the hit TV show Catfish, but one of the craziest of them all was the Chris Andersen catfishing scandal. It's not often that we hear stories about celebrities whose lives were ruined by catfishing, but this one was all over the news and pretty much ruined Andersen's career.
Still, Andersen was no stranger to controversy. In 2006, while playing for the Denver Nuggets, he received a two-year ban from the NBA when it was discovered that he was using drugs. Then, in 2012, Andersen made headlines again for being the target of an investigation concerning crimes against children. As it turned out, Andersen was actually the victim of an elaborate catfishing hoax, and he wasn't even the only victim involved in the scandal.
So, how does one person go about catfishing two people into thinking that they are in a relationship with one another, all while controlling the conversations between the two and even setting up their dates? There have been many catfishing stories that leave you screaming at your TV wondering how people can be so gullible, but this certainly is not one of those stories. Continue reading to learn more about one of the most bizarre catfishing pranks to have ever taken place.
Paris Dunn Had Been On The Show Catfish PreviouslyPhoto: Instagram
Paris Dunn, who goes by her stage names Paris Roxanne and Paris Dylan, is a model from Riverside, California. She has a vast social media presence with hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram alone. Dunn receives a lot of attention for her provocative photos, but she would come to learn that not all attention is good attention. Dunn had already been featured on Catfish: The Tv Show after numerous people stole her photos and used them to catfish others. She initially went on the show to prove once and for all that she was the real Paris Dunn; however, she would end up being featured on the show again after the infamous Chris Andersen catfish scandal.
They Met On FacebookPhoto: Metaweb / CC-BY
Dunn's huge media presence has forced her to make more time to interact with others online, particularly those whom she admires. At one point, Dunn even began a habit of flirting with famous athletes whom she found attractive. One of those athletes happened to be NBA player, Chris Andersen. Dunn eventually received a reply from Andersen via a message on Facebook. She was thrilled to be chatting with the star, and they continued talking through Facebook, e-mail, and eventually texts, sharing their days with one another and sending selfies. Eventually, their conversations turned x-rated and she would end up sharing nude photos as well.
She Meets Anderson's Best Friend TomPhoto: Metaweb / CC-BY
Dunn then began receiving messages from someone named Tom Taylor, a gamer who claimed to be Andersen's best friend. Dunn never questioned the authenticity of Taylor and Andersen's friendship, as she reasoned that there would be no way of Taylor knowing about her unless Andersen had told him. It was also Taylor who encouraged Dunn to take her online romance with Andersen to the next level. Taylor let Dunn know that he was aware that Andersen really wanted to meet her and that he would be able to arrange said meeting. Andersen ended up buying Dunn a plane ticket and she then went to stay with him for a weekend.
They Were Being Catfished To Each OtherPhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
Dunn arrived for her weekend visit in Denver and Andersen was there to pick her up, right on schedule. Throughout the weekend, inconsistencies began to arise in their conversations. For instance, at one point Andersen asked Dunn when she was going to Africa and Dunn, confused, explained that she didn't have any intention of going to Africa. At one point, Andersen was playing his Xbox and mentioned that Dunn's sister was online too. Once again, Dunn had no idea what Andersen was talking about and informed him that her sister didn't even own an Xbox. The confusion continued to build when Dunn mentioned Andersen's supposed best friend Tom Taylor and Andersen was clueless as to who Taylor was. Dunn figured Andersen was playing a joke on her and dismissed the conversation.
When Dunn arrived home after the weekend, she continued to regularly chat with both Andersen and Taylor. One day, she excitedly informed the two of them that her friend gave her tickets to a Clippers event and that she was going to meet NBA player Blake Griffin. Both Andersen and Taylor were hugely upset over this and Taylor even went so far as to threaten Dunn, stating that he would have her raped and murdered. Then, Taylor took the threats even further by saying that Andersen had shared the naked photos of Dunn with him and that he had already posted them online with all of her personal information, such as her name and address. Upon seeing her naked photos online, Dunn told her mother what was going on and they called the police.
As soon as the police got involved and began looking through all of the emails, chat, and phone records, they quickly discovered that everything linked back to IP addresses located in Canada. As it turns out, Dunn and Andersen had been communicating through a third party the entire time, a complete stranger who was heavily invested in their relationship. The stranger created fake emails, phone numbers, and Facebook accounts to pretend to be both Dunn and Andersen. The stranger initially noticed Dunn leaving comments on Andersen's real Facebook account and made a fake account for Andersen to send Dunn messages from. From there, the stranger also began talking to Andersen while pretending to be Dunn. Both Dunn and Andersen were being catfished to each other.