Alright peeps and meeps, listen up! When did Instagram become the new dating site for scammers, creeps, and the US military?
I’ve started having this weird trend happen on my Instagram: randos trying to follow me and/or send me messages. It’s a little weird! And what’s even more weird, 95% of them all have US Military profile pictures.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I melt over a guy in uniform just as much as the next girl, but what’s the deal here? Is this the new thing to be doing?
My Instagram is private. I post pictures of my kidlets on there and my life and I’m all for keeping my life private like the good old days. I only add people who I know and like to my Instagram feed. But I have to admit, a few of these randos have caught my attention. Guys in uniforms! It can’t be helped!
Don’t worry, I’m not getting sucked into them like I’m sure they want, but just like why did they decide to pick my profile? It seriously intrigues me to the point of actually talking to them. Sure, I have an adorable profile picture but they can’t see the rest of my profile unless I allow them to follow me. Which I don’t. But I will strike up a conversation with one from time to time.
Now I have some rules for adding randos to anything. First of all, if you have 1 photo posted and it’s from the very same day you asked to follow me, and you are following 100 people but have zero followers – I’m not following you. I don’t care who your profile says you are. Mostly the randos just send a message request and not a follow request, so that’s all good. If you have followers and more than one day of activity then I’ll probably give your profile a look over and maybe consider replying to your message. Secondly, if you are going to pout and fuss over getting off the Instagram chat, then don’t even talk to me. Don’t tell me you love me or what to continue talking to “see where this goes.” I have no space in my life for you right now, or actually ever because you’re a scammer but still, go flatter someone else’s ego.
Okies so there was a person from last week that I actually replied to. Obviously, he’s in the US military. Says he’s in the army, a captain, and is stationed in Afghanistan right now. He said he was looking for a friend in the search field and found my profile. His profile was private and he had almost as many followers and people he followed which is odd and intriguing. He also had so many posts! All of them are like the motivational poster type of posts, but maybe that’s just his jam? I don’t know. Might this actually be a real person? Not a scammer? He messaged and sent a follow request, which again is super odd. So I took the leap. Most of you know I’m in a “boys are all stupid” phase anyway so what’s one more that will prove that philosophy?
We send a few messages back and forth to each other but he says he’s been “enjoying the conversation and can we keep chatting as friends” which is a classic line of the scammers. Of course, you say yes, let’s talk as friends. But shortly after he says “let’s keep up good connection on WhatsApp” and that’s a big hells to the no from me. And I told him so, even though he goes “the nature of my job means I can’t converse here”. Like legit, I hardly even give my WhatsApp out to guys from dating sites when I’m actually on them. I don’t want people having my number even if it is easy to block them and blah blah blah. No. Just no. But if you can’t converse in an Instagram chat, what’s the difference to a Whatsapp chat? Makes no sense to me! Surprisingly, he’s the longest to last out the conversation stage – almost a week of messages before I stopped getting messages!
I’m still not sure why I get these people – and all with military profile pictures.
Hows about you? Do you have this problem with Instagram? Or any other social media sites that you’re on?
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