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I recently received a suspicious “connect” request on Linked In. That’s right! Linked In! It was from a serviceman (all I saw was a uniform) who was “supposedly” in Florida.
It felt more than a little shady, so I accepted just for the opportunity to mess with a scammer. Immediately after accepting the first request, another request from a serviceman appeared – literally the same day.
I never got the opportunity to bitch slap them from my computer, but I tried. As soon as the request had been granted, I was advised I needed to contact them via their personal email. Like hell, I told him. I don’t know you and I will be reporting this to the Linked In admin team. Before I had the opportunity, the second request had shown up, so I reported him as well.
Flash forward 3 days and both the profiles had been removed. Linked In has never answered my question regarding military men and why they would be allowed to have a Linked In account. After all, they are not and cannot be in business for themselves. They are owned, lock, stock and barrel by the US Government. So why would they need to be on a supposedly professional networking site?
So, we are back to playing games and it is high time those of us on online dating sites begin treating scammers with as little regard as they treat others.
Depending on your fortitude, my suggestion is the next time you discover a scammer, please, please string them along for as long as possible.
Don’t give them a damn thing. Not a street name, phone number or even email address. Better yet, give them a non-working phone number and fake email address. Well, not exactly fake, you will need to set it up, but after you set it up, respond just often enough to keep the charade going. They will try to call you. You can always tell them your phone is off and YOU need money to turn it back on! Act as if you believe every lying word that passes from their lips.
I don’t know how long you will be able to keep this up, but just imagine. We will be saving some desperate woman a whole lot of pain, grief and money.
I am ready to play – are you?
Check out this site – it even has a questionnaire to see if you are being scammed (as if you don’t already know). I included the link for Nigerians, but they also have one for Russians and I believe the Asians are getting in on the act as well.
Ladies, beware! That is unless you are ready to play “get the scammer game!”
Are You Talking to a Nigerian scammer?
Michelle D. Smith
Michelle D. Smith is a visionary who seeks to share her knowledge with others. Showing how to use both spiritual and social skills in being a better you is her goal. Acknowledging the fact that most are searching for both truth and companionship, she seeks to bridge those "needs" with honesty, humor and creativity. Join her on this quest for the "new". Innovative ways of thinking, nurturing, loving and sharing, creates a new YOU!
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