Why would unknown chat friends on penpal site be so quick to demand my email address?
Some guys and this is how they put it “please add me up on your yahoo messenger so I can tell you more about me and send you fotos” and they keep pressing even though chat on the penpal site still work ok.
Can they do me any harm on my PC with my email ad when they have it? Is this normal?
A bit suspicious.
Please share what you know.
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I believe that being truthful is the only way to have a good relationship. Tell him that you came across these messages because he left the site up on your laptop, & let him know how it makes you feel.If you don’t say anything to him, you’ll probably remain upset, so I personally believe in getting the reasons for his choice of sites…Is he bored,unhappy,etc. It’s best to find out the truth & then have both of you work out the issues that may be present,before it gets more intense.
There is no legit penpal there.
There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.
The scammer wants to “get off” the penpal site because the penpal site might monitor conversations for key scammer words such as “Western Union”, “inheritance”, “trunk box”, “refugee” and other words scammers lover to use. Once the scammer types a suspect word, he is ip banned permanently from that site and has to find another site to troll for victims Once he is on MSN chat or Yahoo chat, he can quickly send the potential victim his stock copy/paste lines and stolen pictures to support his demand for cash.
Once away from the “safety” of the penpal site, the scammer’s next email or chat will demand you help him financially, in cash, and only by Western Union or moneygram.
Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.
Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his ‘potential sucker’ list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails and chat requests from his other free email addresses and chat IDs using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address and chat ID to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails and chat requests all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.
You could post up the name used and chat ID that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.
Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.