The Dangers Behind a ChatLine
A "free" Chatline that started it all..
We wrote a hub about how to get the IP from an email, and boy, we've really got so many surprises. We started surfing the Chatlines back in 2004, and it was a cool hobby for a divorced dude. Nothing bad talking to someone on the other side. "A/l/s" and "LOL" became the new lingo or jargon along with LMAO! What they didn't know is that we had an advantage in computers and html coding. Suddenly, we started getting emails from dating websites and even lotto winners from the other side of the world. Some were these deposed kings that wanted to share some money, and the rest became history.
The senders mostly were from some areas in Africa and Europe. Don't want to mention any nation in particular, but seems that these rotten apple and scumbags from those hard working countries wanted to get hold of your savings by any "cyber" means necessary.
You get into a new world of chatters, from the average bored housewife to Internet bots that offer online sex. You will never find your dream date in there, unless you were born blessed. Some are there just to stay away from a harsh reality. Actually the reality behind your screen is scarier than letting your child treat-or-trick by themselves and capable of bumping into people with the weirdest costume for Halloween.
The dangers by getting hooked up
Once you fell for a "woman" from the net, they quickly drop the bad news on you. Family was really sick and maybe their finances reached rock bottom. Maybe they were about to get evicted, or in a few days they would have to make decisions, and they swore that you just came into the picture like an angel from heaven.
Now, Here are some quick things you must consider if you think you are getting involved with a dream "too good to be true":
- Some premade letters will be copied and pasted in blocks as needed. They are too busy to get other victims.
- Their capital "I" most of the time will be misspelled as a lower case "i"
- Most have these prewritten letters that will appeal to your sensitivity
- Just remember that most love scammers work from set up Cyber sweatshops, or run down cyber cafes. You won't hear them, but they will be in a computer room with other 20 scammers.
- If they ask you to wire cash because a loved one is in need, beware. You decide and ponder what to do from here on.
Still hooked up and Want to Travel?
They will ask for money for a "Visa" and fair enough they will "try" to come to see you. That's like a red alert, because the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Manila or Accra won't let anyone apply for a Visa unless is for petitioning, business or because of a relative. But just because they want to come to see you? Not even a tourist Visa will qualify!! Close any contact immediately!
You fell so much in Love and is hard to let go...
You fell like booking up a flight to go to see them. The pics are neat and enticing; they sent you those sexy photos and you want to go against the world's common sense and rescue them if you have to, but just think about this:
There is an international black market for human organs. If "she" ever asked you for your blood type, just come to read us again. These black markets hire young beauties and know how to get you by the balls literally. You never heard of people disappearing overseas? Just dust yourself up and "cut off" the links.
Interviewing a Real Love-Scammer (2007)
Her name was Irene, then changed to Juan after certain persuasion and psychology.
Why do you do it?
I cannot find another job. I was scammed as well by an International Online College that promised me a degree in 18 months and never happened.
Where do you work?
I work 35 miles from my house, which is in the countryside . I take the early 6 a.m. train and by 8 a.m. I get into my own computer that my boss has set up for 24 of us.
Do you get any kind of bonus? I mean...
Not really. We are forced to fill a daily quota, and if not, our salary will be lower. Lunch won't be free! And coworkers will make fun of us! That's why you see lots of chicks asking you desperately to rate them... or just begging you to go to their websites. We are mostly men at work, and we just see it as a job.
Do you think this is fair for us?
You guys have the money and eat. We don't have the money, but need to eat. So, how do you survive?
Now I get it Juan. For your help and honesty I will wire you 20 bucks as promised.
Thanks!. I'm sorry for disturbing you. Never wanted to do this thing..!
Don't worry. I know your Country and where you are by now.
Really? Well, I will give you my brother's name if you want to send some money.
So, all along you were in Manila and not in Minsk-Belarus?
We have connections Lord! We fill the gap due to time zoning...
Unbelievable! Have a good day Juan!
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