There’s a newish app called Hinge. I’ve been on and off it and I find it very, very strange. But I have friends who say that it works for them.
I find that I consistently get the same type of scam. Now, if there is actually a scam I wouldn’t know because I smell something and cut it off quickly. But it sure feels like a scam to me.
The man is generally in my age range, handsome and fit. They want to get off the app quickly. Their English never seems quite right to me. Obviously I’m well spoken and well written so I pick up on these particular nuances relatively quickly.
They are always in the oil business or the army. They are away from home. They are ALWAYS widowed with a young daughter. The daughter is away at boarding school.
Now, if I lived in, let’s say, Hong Kong, I wouldn’t think twice about someone saying their child is in boarding school. But here, in the USA, this is very uncommon. Especially when it’s a small child. Sure it’s possible, but it smells off to me.
The story fits, a single Dad who is deployed offshore somewhere would need his child cared for full time in a boarding school.
This happens over and over and over and I never get past the initial story because it reeks of scam to me. One of these days I may try to carry it forward just to see what they are trying to get from their prey. Money?
They always ask a question along the lines of “do you live alone?”
It only seems to happen on Hinge. It’s not happened on the other apps.
And you know what bugs me more than the creepy scam man? The poor English! 😂🙄