So I sign up hoping to find some overseas pals to exchange stamps and postcards and learn about other countries with. I put my email address so I can first feel this person out before I give my actual address to.
I get a few responses from normal people. Mainly females from the UK and Australia and one from China. And then this gem comes rolling in:
The subject line is: Could You Pls Repy Me??
My name is Gray Miller, i am 44years old, i work with the government as a military. I have this instructive feelings that urged me to write to you at this moment.
I am in search of a woman who is not afraid to go after what she wants, and i think is you,remember Honesty and loyalty plays a role in a relationship or friendship,I am a very kind person, a great listener,caring &loving man i have great sense of humor. would love to be next to you.
This is without a doubt a scam artist. NO FREAKING DOUBT ABOUT IT!
I read it off to my husband and we laugh. And laugh some more. Then I say, you know I am really bored. And I have been having some really bad writer's block lately. Maybe playing along with this catfish scam artist will help me snap out of it.
So ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Scam Artist PenPal Saga!
I wait a couple of days and then send this response back to our Captain Gray:
Hello Captain Gray,
Hope this email finds you well. Where are you stationed? It is always good to find new people to correspond with. Do you like movies or books?
I am looking forward to hearing from you again.
I plan on just making polite conversation. Keeping things on a friendly note and see how far this scumbag takes things.