At least eight female students at Utah’s Brigham Young University have discovered they were all duped by the same “man” who turned out to be a woman. All thought they were in a romantic relationship with a Mormon man, but they were actually being “catfished” by a woman in Texas. The term refers to a person who deceives others via phone calls and social media into believing they are in a relationship. Some of the women said they had been corresponding with “Hyrum Young” for years. He was kind, attentive, and always available to talk or text, they said. But their online beau would never agree to meet in person, they told CNN.
“It was one of those friendships that like, ‘Oh wow. We click. This is great,”’ said student Whitley Smith. The women, through casual conversations about their online boyfriends, began to realize they were all communicating with the same person. They were able to find that the person they were talking to was actually a 24-year-old woman in Texas named Kayla.