Disciple of Marduk
- Aug 24, 2001
- Reaction score
- HM The Tower of London
Thought of you just now when I was offered one Garret William as a friend. While I wasn't called 'Beautiful' he has the usual snaps of men in US military uniforms, pet dogs etc.Facebook Friend Request from Fake Profiles & Twitter Fake Followers
Taking things off at a bit of a tangent - my Facebook account regularly receives friends requests from obviously fake profiles. Sometimes via as Friends Requests, sometimes just in the comments up a picture of me looking good (well I think so) - the latest is from "David Dangle" comment "Beautiful be my friend".
Pictures of US military types are quite common, however, some profiles attempt to better target the
recipientmark and use pictures of "Silver Fox" type blokes, often with a cute dog or kitten (these are obviously based on my Facebook profile - other people will get different types). There's usually only three or four pictures, probably these were the best they could scrape from someone's profile
Details are missing and often inconsistent when given - work and location don't match, for example. There's usually nobody on theirs Friends lists, or only one or two from wildly diverse backgrounds. Nothing in the picture albums beyond the three or four already used.
These are obviously scams of some sort, romance scammers, scams based on sick child, sick pet, or stuck overseas with no cash? And in addition, getting access to your friend lists, to fake messages from you. Or all of the above?
Also weird names, random mixtures of forenames and surnames, seemingly assembled by people who're not sure how English and American names work, or that a name like David Dangle sound a bit comedic (apologies to any real Dangles out there)
On Twitter, you'll get followed by characters with similar dubious profiles, often with a request to follow them, again some sort of scam going on. (these are in addition to the pervy followers [I do have real actual followers - who to be genuine people]).
To block or not to block, or to bait, that is the question?
I'm inferring from the photos that he's counting on a reply from British ladies who love dogs because everyone knows we're soppy over them.
These ones're big nasty-looking guard dogs though so Mr Garret William's virtue is safe!
Do we have a thread on romance scams?