Scammers newest way to get to you is Instagram. Not that it is the fault of this social media presence. It is just their (the scammers) latest way to get to you.
Due to some of my business ventures, my account is open. I will not identify it here or anywhere else for that matter.
Anyone can message me. One such person did.
I will admit he was good but I thought I was smarter. I didn’t tell him where I was. I did tell him what I did for a living. He had access to my photos. I post pics of myself on the site often. It is easy enough to screen shot them and you have my pic.
Those will be coming down. When I switched it from a private to publicly viewed account, I took down any pics of my littles or any one else. Trying to think smart.
I never put on there where I live.
Tried to do everything the smart way.
You never know when you could meet someone great. Not so much in this case.
Like I said the dude that started talking to me seemed legit. We were friendly but never went too far. He never used foul language. Never asked me for anything. Just chatted about our days. I would say we became friends to a degree.
He made some big promises that were yellow flags. Be wise. Be careful, but there was nothing that screamed that this will be a problem. There wasn’t some of the things you know to look for. Everything seemed fine. I even looked up the town he said he was from.
He was supposed to be leaving the country on business. He asked me to join googlehangouts. Once again not blaming them. This is all on me for being naive.
When I asked why, he said he wanted to have two ways to contact me. Okay, I join. I joined with the address I used to use for this blog. That has now been changed. So there is no connection to this blog.
Things were going well for a while until he asked me for money.
I honestly told him I could not help him. I was being honest. I can’t. It wasn’t an excuse. I am trying to get two businesses off the ground. I have no income to spare and I don’t know him that well.
He became more intrusive and forceful. Down to the point that he asked where I do my banking. That was the step over the line. I at that point had to make some changes.
I created a new email account.
I deleted the old one.
I blocked him from instagram.
I spoke to local law enforcement just in case there is someway he can find me.
I have done all I can. It hopefully over. We’ll see.
Because of one persons need to prey on the innocent, I had to change my life. Is this fair? No. Is this the world we live in now? Yes. Could I have been smarter? Yes. Will I talk to a stranger again? Probably not.
To quote Alanis Morisette…. You LEARN, sometimes the hard way.
So in closing, this is just a reminder to not only you but to myself, be brave but be safe and smart at the same time. Talks are great, invasion of privacy is not.