Did I Just Avoid a Dating App Scam?

If someone seems too good to be true, pay closer attention

Vicki Larson
Crow’s Feet

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A romantic relationship ended recently and so I forced myself to go back onto the dating apps. I spoke to some guys, met a few IRL, saw two more than once. None were rocking my world so I went back on the apps and there, out of nowhere, was a slightly younger Adonis. Let’s call him John because, well, that’s what he called himself.

I commented on a photo of him sitting on the very edge of a rock outcrop in Brazil. It scared the heck out of me. It didn’t take long for him to match with me, message back and forth a bit, and then ask for my number.

So, I gave it to him. He texted immediately.

“Contacting us here will make our communication more convenient lol”

Wasn’t sure that was worthy of an “lol,” but I wasn’t going to quibble.

After a few more texts back and forth — I asked if he’d like to chat instead of text but he said he’d like to know me a bit more before we talked, and that he’d call me the next day — he said he was also newly on the app and that his experience with dating apps was terrible.

Can’t say mine has been terrible — I’ve met many nice men on dating sites and all my relationships have come from them in the almost 20…

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Vicki Larson
Crow’s Feet

Award-winning journalist, author of “Not Too Old For That" & "LATitude: How You Can Make a Live Apart Together Relationship Work, coauthor of “The New I Do,”