Smoke and Mirrors Day a day which celebrates the art of deception and the skill of cunning. The internet has made the art of deception a much more easy and long term a game. Every year people are tricked out of their money, their time, and their feelings as others play on their emotions in order to feed their own gains whether its financial, or simply a means of entertainment. It really is sad to think how many of us have likely been conned, tricked, or bamboozled in one form or another. So how do you know? How do you look past the smoke and mirrors that are the internet to find whether or not something is truly worth your time, energy, emotion, or your cash? Today I have tips for spotting the 3 Internet Scammers.
We’ve all heard of the term catfish and troll. Maybe you’ve also heard the term emotional vampire as a part of your daily life. We have all of these words to describe the types of people that know just the way to work under our skin and make us feel really good about ourselves before pulling us down into a emotional state of disappointment, depression, and anger not only at ourselves, but the world as a whole.
Spotting the money scam:
Obviously you should never send money to anyone you have never met in person. If anyone you met via the interwebs asks you for cash because they are stuck in another country, lost their job, or need you to transfer it to someone else don’t do it its a scam and not worth the hassle.
Spotting the Troll:
People are not always after your money, sometimes people just want your attention and they will spin extreme and horrifying stories to get it. If you spend time on a thread like Reddit or BabyCenter and you see new members posting far out their threads you may have found yourself a troll. Sometimes they will have long tales of how they did x because someone else did y to them. The y action may be pretty bad, but it does not always warrant action x. The person will then backtrack and add more reasons to why they did x or even state that they meant something else. Excuses, backtracking, and the changing of the original story are all ways to spot a troll. Also anyone who has extremely differentiating opinions from the board or threads may theme who begins arguing from the opposite side and being completely obnoxious about stating why you are the concept is wrong and any one who believes it is insert horrific exclamatory here. You may also have yourself a troll.
Fishing out the Catfish:
Anyone that you have been conversing with in a romantic setting that refuses to send an updated selfie or participate in video chat is more than likely catfishing you. Better yet when requesting images of people you have never met, make it a game and tell them to do it with some type of random item. Maybe even have them pose with a spoon.
Have you ever been trolled, catfished, or scammed? Tell me your story in the comments, how did you spot them.
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