.... I'm talking about the fake profiles that have been following me on Twitter of late! I get followed by roughly 20 of these per day at the moment, and am writing this so that you recognise them and don't follow them back 😂😄
They target middle-aged women and are clearly made by people looking to carry out some scam or other ~ you never know what you might be clicking on if they send you a link in a DM 😱😲😳. As Julia has said, in a comment below, it's a numbers game; the people who make these profiles are often run by the master scammer, who knows that if they make enough of them and follow enough people, eventually they'll get a 'hit' ~ someone who is foolish enough to send them money.
Please click the links and enjoy...take a look at @Steven21773017
He is a perfect example; a photo that's clearly taken from photobucket or similar, and a bio in bad English. No tweets. They're usually 'medical doctors' or 'bankers' or 'army officers', and often claim to be 'humble' or 'love God'. 'Am honest and caring man' is another favourite. Sometimes the maker of these profiles has taken two pictures from whoever's profile they downloaded the photos from, and used one as a header photo too...like Lucas20Davis who is even tweeting the occasional one!
@dennisham3131 can't seem to decide how to spell his name and, though a 'military office', cannot write basic English....
... but centre stage must be given to @albertgrandy3
At least this one's tried harder with the bio!
@CaptainJerryJa1 is working hard 'as a Navy' (does he mean navvy??!)....
But best of all, though, is @willians6643007 who appears to be the identical twin of @Lewis336David!
They target us in the hope that we are lonely, naive and looking for love; they've probably seen all these programmes like 'My Online Nightmare' about women who fall 'in love' with men they meet on the internet, and get conned out of their life savings. My sister says she gets them popping up on Skype; they're always respectable looking, middle-aged men in military uniform, but have no actual profile. Those on Twitter are the lowest of the low when it comes to internet scam hierarchy; they don't want to pay for online dating profiles, and aren't even intelligent enough to make sure their English is right and their profiles convincing!
Be careful. They might con you out of your life savings.
Then again, I doubt they'd know where to start.