Saturday, September 2, 2023

No More Online Chatting "Relationships" For Me

In early July, a young lady asked to friend me on Facebook.  Even though I didn't know her I accepted her invitation.  We started to chat on Facebook Messenger and then moved to WhatsApp.  She said she was from West Virginia, 40 years old with a four-year-old son, and had lost her husband to cancer.  We had a common bond as we were both widowed with a son, albeit at different ages.  I could not date her since our ages differed and we lived hundreds of miles apart.

We chatted for several weeks by exchanging pleasantries and saying what we were doing.  All of a sudden, she asked me for a loan and promised she would pay me back.  I sent her a small amount via PayPal.  A few days later she asked me for more and I refused.

Online relationships differ from personal friendships which take time to develop. She said I was the only one who could help her.  On a few occasions in the past, a young lady asked me for money, and I had to end the relationship.  One woman I encountered on Twitter (now X) tried to sell me bitcoins.

No more of this. The person at the other end is not a real friend.


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