My adventures in bad online dating haven’t been limited to the men I’ve met in person. No, no. Remember I mentioned the chat option in one of the previous entries? This feature is an effective way to flush out the ones who really should go down the toilet.
I learned that there are guys out there that hide their profile from everyone else; in other words they can see you but you can’t see them. I know this because many times guys ask to chat and when I go to find them in the “Online Now” window, they aren’t there. You can, however, still check out their profile. You can never see when they are online though unless you and he happen to exchange emails on the site.
Another advantage for this sort of sneaky behaviour is to bypass any parameters you may have set in your email options. My parameters give a lot of restrictions so it’s not so easy to send me an email first. Once I send the guy an email then the parameters are off. This resorts to some people to try to chat with me. If they don’t have a picture, I tell them to email it to me on the site. Believe me, the majority don’t because they can’t get through. Some use really lame excuses about why they can’t upload it onto my email on the site but, hey there sweetness, I can send it to your private email no problem.
I only allowed that to happen twice. The first guy was fine and it was no problem. He was a nice guy with whom I became friends with, never meeting each other in person. He’s a man with many problems and difficulties in his life and appreciates the fact that I am not going to fix him.
The second guy caused me so much grief in a 48 hour period. He wanted to chat and I said it wasn’t fair unless I knew who I was talking to. I always want more than one picture just so I can see the guy has more than one picture of himself and not of a model on Google. So the odds would be that he was more real than not. It’s not foolproof but it’s better than what the site offers.
So yadda, yadda he didn’t know how to upload the pictures to the dating site and asked for my email. I checked his profile. I gave it to him and he gave me his. We chatted for a few more minutes and I thought I would just clarify something in his profile with him and went to click on it again. It was gone. So was he. I frantically tried to find him, remembering his profile name. Nothing.
It was so weird. I stressed about that for a bit and updated all my virus protectors and such. A while later an email came through:
Hello dear friend how are you doing .? Hope everything is going on well with you, I am Maxwell from
blahblah.com hope you remember right.I am just trying to see if the email address you gave me is working so please drop me a line as soon as you receive this message okay. Bye for now and please take good care of yourself..Maxwell
I quickly emailed him back:
Hi Maxwell. Not sure what you’re up to but suddenly your profile does not exist.
As soon as I hit send, I realized what I’d done.
The day turned into night and I couldn’t stop thinking about what this guy could do with the information he could get from my simple email. My IP address would tell him where my computer was.
He could come here. I put my daughter and I in grave danger.
I didn’t sleep that night at all, barricaded the door, watching out the windows. Full paranoia mode had hit me. I knew this was happening but there was nothing I could do. I got my daughter up for school as soon as I saw her moving, wanting like mad to get her out of the apartment. I went back home and walked around and around the apartment. I debated calling the police. Nothing had happened so I knew they could do nothing. Soon it was time for me to pick up my girl. I kept us out of the apartment for as long as I could. She became suspicious and asked me what was wrong. I just said I was creeped out. I wanted Carly to stay at a friend’s place that night. She agreed, but not after feeling creeped out herself. I couldn’t tell her what happened. I didn’t want to go home. I knew he would be waiting for us.
We got to the apartment and I made her stay away from the door while I went in first to check it out. She was really becoming alarmed. She kept asking me what happened. I just told her it was part of my illness and it will pass. I would feel better with her staying at her friend’s place for tonight. She packed her bag and I took her to a safer place; at least to me it was safer.
I finally fell asleep from exhaustion. I slept for hours and hours. When I woke up I felt better. I went to the computer planning to do the whole search thing and agonized over my mistake again.
There was another email:
Hello Marie how are you doing this morning .? Hope everything is well with you, sorry for not answering your message earlier ok i also can’t find my profile too and very surprise i think there was a technical problem.. Please send me a message and ask me anything that you want to know about me and i will tell you ok. This is my picture and i hope it’s not going to scare you away (smiling).. Bye for now and have a nice day..
Saying he tried to find his profile was the kicker. You can’t find a profile unless you already have one. The email had 3 pictures attached. Needless to say I did NOT open them nor did I reply. I systematically blocked him and reported him as a scam to my Hotmail account. There was nothing I could do on the dating site as he deleted everything he had on it. This won’t stop him from opening other accounts on the same site.
Maybe he didn’t mean to be malicious. I felt vulnerable enough, though, to have a full-fledged paranoid episode which only happened to me one other time in my life. Believe me, they are beyond anxiety.
So that ended better than better. I never gave my email out again. So, if my readers are on the dating sites please remember this safety tip; don’t give your personal email address to anyone until your third date or you’re getting married or something.
I do have some nice stories to tell and I think I will tell you one in my next installment. So please stay tuned. For some of you? Please don’t read it while walking.
You know who you are. 😛