Have you received a private message from one of the people you follow on Instagram or Twitter interested in being your friend or even new love?
Do note that these might be on Pinterest or Facebook as well. Maybe I just haven’t run into them too much there yet.
They are also found on dating sites, but for some unknown reason they’ve decided to move out to social media.
What I don’t like sharing about scams is those bad people who didn’t know about it yet can use it as an idea to scam other people, but I still feel that I must warn you to prevent you from becoming a victim.
Why did I come into their radar? Because I’m a widow now and to most dumb men that means vulnerable. But they don’t know me – I’m not vulnerable nor dependent on any man.
What do they do and who are these Twitter and Instagram scammers?
Normally these guys follow you on Twitter or Instagram and like me being who I am, I follow everybody back.
That made these dumb guys think that I will fall for their scams but although I follow back quickly, I don’t trust easily.
As soon as you follow them back, they start sending you a private message. First just saying something like “Hi” or “Hello”, or sometimes even something bold like “Hi beautiful.” This is to test if you’re going to respond to them or nor.
That immediately set off my alert radars, but being inquisitive, I sometimes reply, just to see where this is going.
As soon as you answer, this dumb guy thinks he’s got you now.
Then he tells you that he’s a widow, his wife died two, three or however many years ago and he hasn’t dated since but he’s becoming lonely and need a new love in his life.
He tells you how many kids he has and where they are, because guess what, he is not with them because he is such a good person, doctor or army guy that he is helping out in Syria, Africa or Afghanistan to serve the community.
He tries to touch just the right heart strings to get your attention and to make you feel sorry for him.
Then if you continue with these conversations, he will tell you that he is soon going back home but he needs money or maybe he will send you his few belongings he has and you have to help out by paying for import costs. Gives you a bank account number to pay it into and then the luggage gets lost and more money has to be paid to release it. Before you know it, you’ve paid a lot of money to your new love or friend but originally there was no luggage – he stole your money.
How do I know this if I didn’t fall for these schemes?
It took me a while to find articles on it but I searched on Google because I knew something was off, here are a few of the great articles revealing this social media scam:
How will you know if you’re caught by these Twitter and Instagram scammers?
First thing, ask them for some pictures in the field, there where they work. Tell them that you’ve never been there or something and ask them to send you a picture. They can’t.
Do you want to know why? Because the picture they have on social media, the one you saw when you followed them back, is not their own picture.
They’ll never be able to send you one except if there is one of the same person in the field, but then you must ask for more pictures.
How to test it
When you get a message, are following such a person or even just when they follow you and you want to check, if you’re on your computer, on the person’s profile, right click on the picture of the person and choose search Google.
If you’re on a phone or tablet click on the image to open. On the right hand corner there should be three dots, tap on them. Choose open in browser. When the image opened, tap the image and choose Search Google for this image.
Do it like this:
Open the profile of the scammer:
Hold your mouse on the image and right click. Choose Search Google for image.
Check the name under the Image in the Twitter, Instagram and even Facebook and Pinterest profile.
Another thing to note is the amount of followers versus the amount he or she is following and you can also take note of when the account was created as well as the amount of Tweets and what is Tweeted.
Check the name of the result
Google will give you names related to the image. In some cases it might just be model or man. That means the image was for some catalog or something and the person wanting to scam you for money thinks he can catch you with the picture of a sexy hunk.
If it’s one where they used a model, chances are they will not be a army guy in Afghanistan, Syria or Africa but they will most probably also not be who they claim to be.
Click on Google’s best guess for the image:
The results you find here might be quite interesting. In our case, the poor guy’s photo has been used so many times that he’s already been flagged as a scammer.
Things to remember:
The original guy who added his own real pictures is innocent. His pictures were stolen by scammers.
I once had a doctor on Instagram and the pictures were real and regularly updated. When I searched, I found the profile of the original doctor and (like the B-I-T-C-H I am, I reported the person stealing his pictures to him.
The guy you’re talking to on Social media or on a dating site does not at all look like the guy in the picture!! Most probably he’s an ugly sleazeball.
When someone starts off by telling you that his wife died and he is looking after his kids and how lonely he is. STOP!! Already know he is lying. He is trying to play a sympathy card to get you into his trap.
MEN – I know you’re laughing here because woman can be so gullible!! Don’t!! They are catching men with pictures of woman in the army as well. Watch out!! Don’t think because you’re a man they won’t catch you in their scam.
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