Ah, the joys of modern romance – getting hit up by a total stranger who's suddenly smitten with you on social media. So there I was, scrolling on Facebook, when out of the blue, Jackie from Hyde Park decides I'm the catch of the day. According to her, I've got sexy eyes and a beard that could make a lumberjack blush. Flattering, sure, but also suspiciously generic.


Now, being the savvy internet dweller that I am, I smell a scam from a mile away. Jackie's profile is about as barren as a desert, with a handful of pictures and a friend list that's suspiciously all dudes. Alarm bells, anyone? But Jackie isn't deterred by my cautious skepticism. Oh no, she's on a mission to win my heart... and my wallet.

If They Ask For Money It's A Scam!

First, she spins a tale about living with her aunt and her kids, conveniently omitting any other meaningful details about her life. Red flag number two. Then comes the kicker – she needs me to foot the bill for her gas so she can come spend the night. How romantic, right? I mean, who needs flowers and chocolates when you can just Venmo your way into someone's affections?


But fear not, dear reader, for I am not about to be the protagonist in a cautionary tale of online foolishness. I play along, offering to pick her up instead of coughing up cash. And just like that, the scam is laid bare for all to see. Forty bucks might not seem like much, but multiply that by the countless other unsuspecting souls Jackie's targeting, and suddenly, we're talking serious dough.

If It's Too Good To Be True...

So, let this be a lesson to all you lovebirds out there – when a stranger slides into your DMs with sweet nothings and financial requests, it's probably too good to be true. Stay skeptical, stay safe, and maybe invest in some good old-fashioned face-to-face dating.