The EPIC WIN Thread 3: SON OF EPIC

This was a new one. I got suspicious of “her” and she confessed that it was a fake profile so she could protect her privacy. Told me her “real” name and posted her picture. Then wanted to video chat on Messenger so we could confirm our identities. Very short, but it had me fooled.

Then things got really strange. We had started a second Hangout early on. She had me block the first one.The POF profile suddenly messaged me with “You blocked me?”

Ah, fuck.

I brought it up this morning. She told me she had lost her old phone, and asked me to block it again. The original Hangout started texting back, and she stopped texting on the second one. Then the POF profile texted.

Too damn coincidental to be coincidence.

Checked the Facebook profile attached to the Messenger invite. Given her seemingly deep concern for privacy, it seemed possible the account could have been just for this.

Then I saw multiple check-ins in Nigeria - far from Jersey, where she told me she was from.

Really puts me off the idea of dating altogether, because this is fucking frustrating. I’ve got a lot of love to give, but I can’t find a fucking real person to give it to.
I didn't want to say anything and ruin a moment of possible happiness for you, but someone saying "I love you" so soon, without even meeting or even having a first date? That's a pretty big red flag to me. That's either someone trying too hard, someone REALLY needy, or as you've discovered, likely a fake profile.
 
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Happy birthday to me! Suddenlink (cable provider out here) sent me a $100 gift card. The letter it was attached to just said "hey! Here's a gift card!" and didn't say why...I don't know if it was because I signed up during a special offer, or my birthday, or the fact that just think I'm awesome...

But I ain't complaining!
 
Yeah, I think it’s a catfish.
So, I used to do fraud prevention for Western Union, trying my hardest to stop old people from getting scammed, and for me the "brief video call" is what set off the red flag. Typically if someone wants to do video calls they will do them often, doing it once briefly to convince you of their identity and then going back to text is a common tactic by scammers to gain trust, using either pre-recorded video or using an accomplice that acts as face bait before handing off to the scammer.
 
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So, I used to do fraud prevention for Western Union, trying my hardest to stop old people from getting scammed, and for me the "brief video call" is what set off the red flag. Typically if someone wants to do video calls they will do them often, doing it once briefly to convince you of their identity and then going back to text is a common tactic by scammers to gain trust, using either pre-recorded video or using an accomplice that acts as face bait before handing off to the scammer.
Yeah, I looked that one up afterward. That was a new element to the scam - at least for me.
 
I didn't want to say anything and ruin a moment of possible happiness for you, but someone saying "I love you" so soon, without even meeting or even having a first date? That's a pretty big red flag to me. That's either someone trying too hard, someone REALLY needy, or as you've discovered, likely a fake profile.
Or they could just be this guy.

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I have a friend that's surrounded by redneck trumpies (you know, like a lot of people in this state). Because of their influence she's been super-anxious about the vaccine. And none of her friends really supported her getting it. I've been like the lone voice of reason amongst her circle.

I've spent a lot of time ELI5ing the science and stuff to make her feel better about it, and explaining the propaganda stuff she sees on the daily.

Finally convinced her to get it, and went with her for moral support yesterday. She got her first shot :D

I think I finally explained mRNA vaccines in a way she understood:
Imagine your cells are like a kitchen. In there is a little molecule that makes proteins..that's the chef. Your big tangled up strand of DNA is a cookbook. Whenever you need to make proteins for stuff, another little guy flips through that cookbook and makes a copy of the recipe, and that's what the chef uses. That copy is basically RNA.
So, the chef uses that recipe and makes proteins..and that recipe hangs out, and he uses it over and over. But just like using a printout in your kitchen, it's gonna get messed up and worn out, and eventually you just gotta throw it away and print a new one.
So, the vax is like someone coming into your kitchen with a a new recipe to try (the RNA). The chef uses it to make this new dish (which helps against the virus), but eventually the recipe wears out and it's gone. But by then, your body knows how to fight the virus.
It takes about 2 weeks. So it doesn't alter your DNA, and it doesn't stay in you forever.
 
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Re: online dating...

I had zero luck with Tinder, but apparently I'm the bee's knees on Bumble. So many matches and likes. And so many boring women. Geez. One word answers, even to open-ended questions. Good grief. On the other hand, I was a bit surprised, because I did get "lectured" a few times that it was okay to make physical comments and to flirt--this is a dating app after all. I was specifically avoiding physical comments because I hate reading all the "wanna see my dick?" crap on r/tinder and r/bumble. I guess the ideal place is in between (TWSS).

In any case, been dating a woman I met on Bumble for 2 months now, so it worked out well.
 
Re: online dating...

I had zero luck with Tinder, but apparently I'm the bee's knees on Bumble. So many matches and likes. And so many boring women. Geez. One word answers, even to open-ended questions. Good grief. On the other hand, I was a bit surprised, because I did get "lectured" a few times that it was okay to make physical comments and to flirt--this is a dating app after all. I was specifically avoiding physical comments because I hate reading all the "wanna see my dick?" crap on r/tinder and r/bumble. I guess the ideal place is in between (TWSS).

In any case, been dating a woman I met on Bumble for 2 months now, so it worked out well.
I gave up on tinder bc with my new sexual identity I was getting a lot of couples and poly people who just wanted to use a [censored] to get off. But something I liked about it was the way consent was built into the app. Someone has to show the bare minimum amount of interest in you before you can message them and it's so easy to just cut off people who can't stop crossing boundaries. It's pretty great for somebody with social anxiety
 
Yes, I flinched and was unable to move.

Son and I working on shiny legendaries in our new games. Ask daughter for a pillow for him. She wings it top speed into my face and I drop everything I was holding and scream.

Good times were had by jr hobos laughing at me. Little turds!
 
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