Top scandals of 2013
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Manti Te'o dead-girlfriend hoax
Anyone can be a victim of catfishing, even a Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker. Fans rallied around Manti Te'o when the football star's grandmother and girlfriend died within the weeks leading up to the big BCS title game. However, his significant other turned out to be elaborate online hoax perpetrated by a so-called friend. Voicemails, emails and a fake Twitter account had convinced the Heisman Trophy finalist that he was interacting with a real woman.