I remember my first internet “match”. It all started out innocently in the beginning. I was having difficulties with my computer and someone in the chat room referred me to another regular in the same room. In trying to resolve my difficulties I gave her my phone number as it was easier than trying to have her walk me through fixing files on-line. She called me and after resolving the issue with my computer, we ended up talking for several hours. It seemed like we had quite a bit in common. She called regularly for the next few nights and each time we talked for hour’s on-end. It all seemed too perfect. She said all the right things. Everything I wanted to hear.
I invited her to go out of town with me and some of my other friends for the weekend. I had made plans several months earlier to play in a volleyball tournament in Mexico. When I asked her she told me she was a little short on cash as she was waiting for some of her “clients” to pay her for services rendered. She claimed to have her own business doing general accounting and taxes for other people and companies. Since I had paid for the room and my travel arrrangements in advance, I told her not to worry about it and I would cover the weekend. She arranged a flight for the next day and off to Mexico we went. All seemed to go well there. She tolerated my obnoxious drunken friends (hey, it was Mexico, and to me that is what Mexico is about.) and claimed she had a good time. All was going well it seemed. Things started going sour once we arrived at the airport for to fly home. It seems she had flown over to go out of town for the weekend to another country with all of $2 dollars in her pocket. I could understand being short on cash, but owning her own business and only having $2 dollars to her name? That seemed out of place. It got worse from there.
Once she arrived in her home state, she called me from the airport. Seems she could not get her car out of airport parking. She had no money and they would not take her checks. They had called a check verification service and were advised not to accept her check as she had written outstanding bad checks. She wanted me to give her my Visa number to get her car out. RIGHT!! I was not going to do that for anything. Then she asked if I could just Western Union her money to get the car out. I thought about it and decided that this was not my responsibility and I had put out enough money already since I had sprung for the whole weekend. What kind of person owns their own business and can not even afford to get their car out of airport parking? She got all hysterical and hung up on me. Well she managed to get her car out the next day and we went on from there. It got even worse. It seemed she expected me to just drop all I had going for me here and move to her state.
I have a good job, a National Guard commitment, basically a good life and alot of things going for me here I was not willing to give up. She said she had her own lucrative business there and was not willing to give that up. I ask you; just how lucrative could it have been if she could not even get her car out of airport parking? I later found out she was also getting evicted from her house for non-payment of rent. It was all starting to add up to me. I cut things short right then and there. I had no intentions of supporting her. I later learned that I was not the first in her attempts for financial gain from men she had met on the internet, nor was I to be the last. Shortly after that, I heard she had dropped everything and moved to another state as she had found someone to support her. What happened to that lucrative business of hers, huh? After draining this poor guy dry, she left him and moved back to her home state to stay with another guy she had met on-line while with the first one. It seems this was her modus operandi: meeting guys on-line and using them for financial gain. Pretty sad huh. I learned my lesson.