.... 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 claim to be 'simple' or '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!
Harry Smit is a great one - look at his tweets; he hasn't realised you need to leave a gap between words to make the user name link work...!!
US General (top picture) @BrianNott3 cant even spell his own name in his bio....
@dennisham3131 can't seem to decide how to spell his name and, though a 'military office', cannot write basic English....
....although he appears to be the same person as @Drjimwilliam, a man of 'dignity and honest', albeit about 10 years older..... and @wonderwilliam56
And then there's @willians6643007 who appears to be the identical twin of @Lewis336David!
whose picture is actually that of Dr Steve Jones, NY hypnotherapist (see below).
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!
I was followed by one this morning who claimed to be 67, and left the army in 1971. That would have made him 18. Yet he was born in 1947, which would make him 70. Looks like the maths is as bad as the English....
Be careful. They might con you out of your life savings.
Then again, I doubt they'd know where to start.
(Note: Nov 2017. This is Dr Steve Jones, a New York hypnotherapist. His pictures are used for many of the profiles.)