1930 Ruston Model C
And so today:
Last year I was contacted on messenger by my cousin Billy. He said he had just received a $40,000 grant just for Vets, and thought I would be interested. Now to back up and tell you about Billy, he is my oldest cousin, nearing 90, has had many health issues and is never on the computer. He does have a FB page his son set up for him.
I chatted back and forth with ‘my cuz?’. Then asked him how his daughter was doing? “Oh Jack she is doing as well as can be expected, you know how it is with girls.” That sealed the deal, Billy has no daughter.
I just told 'him' I needed to think about it and would get back with him. Then I e-mailed Billy’s son and told him what had happened. He did the reporting.
Now to the phone call. Sherry brought the phone to me, the phone was on speaker. It was from ‘Dorothy(?)’. She said she had sent me messages on Messenger and I had not responded, so she was calling for more information. I was confused. “I’m sorry, I don’t do messenger, it takes too long on my system.”
“Well, I have been chatting with you about the grants I can get……” A red light came on in my head. I interrupted her and told her about my time with a scammer posing as a cousin of mine. “I’m sorry, but that is not me you have been talking to….” She said thank you and hung up. I had no idea who she was nor how she got my phone #.
I never 'chatted' long enough with my scammer to find out how he, the scammer would get money, but it had to be coming.
The internet can be wild, you have no idea who is on the other end of an e=mail, chat or messenger.
I remember Betty having a run-in with what she considered a lurker methinks.
I hope not, but has something like this happened to you?