I was up working till the wee hours of the morning once, when I decided to hop onto match.com before retiring. I figured it might clear my mind.
I was surprised at the amount of winks I received. (I’ll explain this later.) One was from a guy in NY who was born and raised in Paris. Cool! We emailed back and forth briefly, until I began to smell a rat. He started to tell me how wonderful I was and then intimated something about needing money for his daughter’s operation.
He wanted to call me. This should be fun.
Me: ok. Here’s my number. ###.###.####.
Jean-Paul: Wonderful, I’ll call you right now. (He was so enthused! Much like a telemarketer when they are about to get a close.)
Moi: Bonsoir Jean Paul. C’est tres gentile a faire vote connaisance. Ca vas? (Evening Jean Paul nice to meet you! )
Jean Paul: Hello!
Moi: Qu’est-ce que vous faites ce soir? (What are you up to this evening? )
Jean Paul: Um…hold on. We have a bad connection. Let me get my daughter on the phone.
Moi: Pourquoi? Je voudrais Parler avec vous! (Why? I’d like to talk to YOU! 😉 )
Jean Paul: (stammering) Just wait!
Moi: But I thought you were born and raised in Paris?
Jean Paul: I’m not feeling very well. I’ll call you right back and you can talk to my daughter.
Jean Paul: Here is my daughter. She speaks French.
She said hello and began to tell me that she is ill and need money for an operation. She also sounded like she was about 25 years old. That all makes perfect sense. Particularly her French African accent. I’ve been down this road before.
I laughed and hung up.
The funniest thing about this was, he actually thought that enlisting a woman who speaks French would mean his cover wasn’t blown!!
FYI, if you’re in the U.S., be careful with online dating late at night. You might as well be throwing out a net to “catfishers” (aka scammers). They’re in a different time zone (Nigeria or Ghana) and see you as desperate. They come out at night (like rats or cockroaches) necaisr it is morning for them.
I won’t apologize if that sounds harsh. They wreak havoc with some people’s lives and never look back.