I am frequently a target for dating scams on Twitter. Usually, you can see them from a mile away; however, one slipped through the cracks on my Twitter account through a DM (direct message).
When someone targets you on Twitter, they often send a barrage of sexy photos making them easy to weed out. I usually unfollow them or block them when they make it obvious they have an agenda.
A couple of weeks ago, I was targeted by a Twitter follower named Mariam Johnson who uses the Twitter profile:
@MariamJ10860059She introduces herself like she supports your views on Twitter, then she gives you a long story about her life. Her story in a nutshell is as follows:
- I was born in Russia
- My parents were both killed in a car accident when I was 10 years old
- I was adopted by an American family and I moved to the United States
- I have been especially close to my foster mother in my adult life
- My husband cheated on me, so I divorced him
- My foster mother encourages me to try again and find true love
- However, my foster mother is in poor health, so I am now living with her
- I'm a wildlife photographer and love animals
- I had to sell all my camera equipment to support my ill foster mother
- She longs for the money to buy a new camera system
- Her cellphone is malfunctioning and she needs a new one to talk with you
- She is willing to come see you in person very soon
- She pretends to live in a state nearby you, even though profile intimates she's in Dallas
- Her birthday is coming up the week she meets you online
- She pushes you to tell her what you are getting her for her birthday
- Her visit to see you in person will happen after you buy her a birthday gift online
I suspected Mariam Johnson was an online dating scammer from the start, but she did one thing that set her apart. She never sent provocative photos and her profile had her wearing a modest dress. That got me curious what her MO was. This put her in a cut above the rest, so I played along trying to figure out her system.
After a week of toying with her, I got tired and it was taking up too much of my time, so I told her its just been a game for me to learn how the scam works. I tell her I'm done. She protests that she's a sincere woman. Sure.
Her impending birthday puts pressure on you to buy her something. Your purchase of a gift will proceed her visit in person.
I made up a BS story of how I was going to buy her a new iPhone and a complete Canon camera system worth thousands of dollars so she could get back into her wildlife photography.
Her Online Dating SCAM Techniques Entertained Me:
- When you do a live chat with her, there are long silences
- During silences, she's juggling several other Twitter DMs
- She calls you hun constantly and never uses your name, because...
- She could get confused and call you by the wrong name, so its hun hun hun
- She wants you to buy her a $100 iTunes card, but has no reason for you to do it
- When she feels like you're getting wise to her scam, she wants to take a shower
- Or, she's very sleepy at 6 pm her time and must go to bed
- She wants you to send her thousands through a Walmart Visa/MasterCard system
- She speaks broken English even though she says she's lived in US for 20 years
- She takes a break from your chat saying she has to take care of her sick foster mom
- She wants you to buy all her gifts through her friend, Sandra, for great deals
Anyway, like taking the time to chat with her got old, the time it is taking me to write this post is getting old, so I'm going to bow out and move on to things that have real value to me, and if she contacts you, consider doing the same.
Mariam Johnson Twitter Profile (Click Here) Mariam Johnson Twitter Profile MariamJ10860059
Here's a screenshot of a foreign account in the Middle East:
Here is Mariam Johnson's response after I exposed her Twitter online dating scam:
This proves that Mariam Johnson has a good heart and will love you long time.