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Is it too much to ask?

You've seen the various conversations with scammers I've had in the past. I picked up another one this week. Supposedly she lives in Sacramento with her mother and she's 28 years old and has a degree from the U of SC. I told her I'd go there to visit her and that brought an immediate NO, YOU CANT COME HERE!. But she's perfectly willing to fly out here on my dime and live with me. Of course I can't send her a plane ticket, I have to send her money for a plane ticket and on and on. So Ok, I know they are out there and people who use the Net regularly should be aware of them. Is it too much to ask though that if you pretend to be a US citizen and a 28 year old college graduate that you be able to string together a whole sentence in some form of proper grammar?

10:35 PM Kate: Why did u travwll ever
me: I love to travel. Gives me time to think. Plus it's like an adventure
Kate: Hmm.
10:36 PM so when I come to...where are we going to be living baby
10:37 PM Talking to someone else I hope
10:40 PM me: Where would you like to live?
10:43 PM Are you going to come live with me?
10:45 PM Kate: I dont know
Because I will not like to disturb ur friend...
I guess we go to our house with the farm
Or what do you think Honey
me: She has her own room
10:46 PM We could go to the farm.
10:47 PM Kate: Okay baby
I am just making suggestion...
Not contrrolling you
10:48 PM Because eI am not the kind of gierl that control his man
a submissive type opf a girl

It's like when someone has an unfamiliar accent and you listen to them for awhile and can figure out what they are talking about. It took me about a day to figure out what she was talking about. The conversations pretty much went right from small talk to coming to live with me. Most American English speakers when on a chat program will make an attempt to either correct their grammar or tell me they are not good at spelling. "She" says she was born in the US and speaks only English. Her sentence structure seems to suggest otherwise though. Not that I really care as I have no plans to bring someone else to come live with me but I just find it odd that someone trying to perpetrate a scam like this, wouldn't you find someone with better English skills to do the talking.

"She's" not aggressive in the same was that the Nigerian scammers are. And her sentence structure reminds me a lot of the Filipino women I once interviewed who were running one of those mail order bride businesses. So my guess would be she is originally from the Philippines. She may actually be in this country now but when I try to pin her down on any details she changes the subject or logs off. I asked her what her major was in college and she told me it wasn't specific, that she just had a general degree. How many college graduates do you know that can't tell you what their major was?

The constantly calling me honey and baby just kills me. I told her I live with someone and she never batted an eye, told me she was willing to share me. Mighty nice of her don't you think?

I'm not sure why I even engage these people anymore. I guess I figure if they are wasting time on me, it saves someone else from getting scammed for a day or two. But also, I like to try and figure out what makes them tick. Morbid curiosity from when I used to be a reporter I guess.



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Jul. 17th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
I was reading her replies along with a Nigerian accent!
Jul. 18th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
Definitely not an American.

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