As you said a word of caution about anonymous emails that claim to know you! This girl may be legit, but she could also be part of a world prostitution ring and even if she is nice, she may have a master that isn't so nice! It may not be a matter of losing money, but the encounter could be deadly. There have been all sorts of crazy scams too that are rumoured to be comming out of Africa too.
Andy: I get emails like this all the time. "I saw your profile." Thing is, my profile has only my name. That proves to me it is a scam. Chances are the email you got came not from that girl but from a guy with a scheme. Tread carefully. You have plenty of opportunities to meet people as you wander the planet. You don't need to rely on scam emails like this to meet people.
This is a great example of the power of love or lust, this is one of the best photos of girl I have seen in a long time.
I think it is from a man, using this photo to try to sucker people into scams.
I am off to see Bah, my Ivory Coast girlfriend who is maybe better looking, but there is more to life than a pretty face.
I do not get them all the time, and this did not come from e-mail, it came from inside the CouchSurfinging system.
Never trust a pretty face, and never trust yourself around temptation.
This is a great example of a scam of some sort.
Firstly, to answer your question, you popped up on the radar because you logged in, and on CS you've got the ability to search for travelers near your position and see a list of profiles, where they logged in from and how long ago. I believe the thought behind it is to entourage folks on the road traveling near each other to meet people beyond the hosts they might be searching for.
Yes, age of the profile with an attractive photo is a warning sign. Yes, the fact she didn't use your name in the e-mail is a warning sign. Yes, a request to communicate with you outside of the CS message system is a warning sign. Yes, it's a warning sign that the message reads like one of those "call me now" 1-900 tv ads.
I would suggest flagging the profile for CS staff to review. They will look at the message history for the account and delete it if he's spamming/fishing for suckers.
One relative of mine posted her 14 year old daughter picture on facebook and another submitted an image of her taked thirty years ago. It's the old bait and switch system used by shyster merchants use to lure in suckers. When a picture is posted of an Alberta Peach its probably mor elike a cow-patty that a bicycle has rode through.
You are sitting on a small place, maximum one mile radius, and shout about SENEGAL. ???? Maybe Senegal is everywhere where you where not yet ...
Sometimes I say I do not like Austria. I have seen two raods cross through and that was not funny. What says that about the rest? NOTHING.
Spams. Just sending a fax to Nigeria or booking a flight there and you get tons of 419 messages, where someone tells you some lies how you can get rich. Mentioning that they want money forward for arranging something comes later. There must be a system paying for data of possible "clients" (people who can be cheated).
419 is a Nigerian law against such cheaters, therefore the name.
I am struggling right now to close all the rubbish what can meet you at facebook (my wife and daughter have that). Who needs applications? One big spy and information selling rubbish.
No wonder, nobody is paying for this fb services, having a nice thing to show pics to the "friends".
Just use the brain: What do all this blind users think who is paying some millions every year for running this site? The owners of fb? Never ever.
They have clients buying all this informations! And they may do good with that, but mostly, I am not wondering, not.
Wherever someone wants your money or your data and you have actually nothing from it in return (in money or other physical goods), then it is your own fault if you loose.
The best what you can do on your fb wall: We make holidays from ... to ....
And have your address and real name given when registering and security settings open to all because of no idea .... Really cool. Haha.
Check out http://www.419eater.com/ and be advised that you will contacted by scammers from time to time if you are a member of online social networks such as CS and Facebook, after the inital contact the 'girl' will ask you to wire her money up front. It is afront. Too good to be true, it is not true. Got my first Nigerian Spam in 2000, a friend of mine archives them, he has over 500 scammer e mails archived, one 419 site webmaster actually visited a scammer and his operation in 2006 in Nigeria, who posed for pictures, with his 'crew' who send hundreds of e mails per day, truth is stranger than fiction.
Yesterday a local 'friend' of mine no doubt took $10 from me without asking, they were robbed recently, not using common sense,( most men here in El Salvador carry wallets in back pockets and women all carry purses, both sexes use their cell phones on public transportation) and need to replace some of their documents, not my problem, I told the person you have lost my trust and friendship forever, the amount is not important, it is the principle of it all, I would have given this person $10 had they asked, the person starting crying and denying, so be it
I know there's a huge industry in the Philippines scamming guys with pictures of beautiful Filipinas. And since you have no idea what might be waiting for you on the other end you ought to be very careful. We might start wondering why you haven't posted in awhile.
I'm surprised that noone commented on how very very young this girl is. I hope that only the photo is stolen and not the girl.
Those who want to meet women worldwide, just travel, you get to meet dozens a day, face to face, warts and all, they get to see YOU, warts and all, there is some risk bringing a beautiful woman to USA, she probably will get bored and run off with someone who has more money, Bigger car, house. Material world, like it or not.
My Dad told me years ago, 'when you are older and if you just want to get l*** go to house of ill repute, if you wish to get married, go to a church or synagouge social event" I met my ex wife in Poland, face to face, introduced formally to me by an educated friend, there thousands of attractive young women worldwide who would rather be living the USA, here in the Americas, where I live, coyotes, people smugglers, force girls and women into prostitution and drug running daily, a young woman here in El Salvador told me the other day, 'your country is so beautiful!' Yes, they see NY, LA, Miami and Chicago on TV, here I pay 10 or less for rent I would be paying in the USA, so I would either be rent poor or forced to become homeless again to have money for the food and prescribed medicines I require to survive, I always wish them well if they choose to go mojado or wet, illegal, none of my business, PS if traveling within a country, always carry a certified COPY of your passport, lock up original, a 'hard' EU, UK, US or Canada passport bring thousands on black market, Africans usually enter Europe illegally via Spain or Italy.
you should report this to the cs system people. I notice you have made your cs profile invisible. Very wise. Brian.
Senegal is a place where old women come to buy love from young men, this sexy girl did nothing so far to me except do a great sales presentation.
I believe that CouchSurfing and Facebook are primarily a way for someone to show a pretty face so they can find loose love relationship.
There is nothing noble about the sites, but here is her link, people can play.
At first when seeing the picture I thought WOW so that is Bah, no wonder but as I read your post thought yes you're most likely right. We had a Canadian guest who arrived "on the rebound" from a recent divorce who had been communicating with this gorgeous Filipina on-line who turned out to be a minor movie star celebrity. It turned out the person was a Gay Filipino who was trying to set him up for STING with an underage girl. Eventually with the help of my wife he was able to join some outer chat source and also the previous contact #s etc of this former Canadia, USA resident of Las Vegas who'd put in a newspaper advertisement for Executive Assistant Wanted with possible marriage intentions who had recieved an overwhelming number of phone calls and interview appointments
Asia Bill and others, buy books and dvd's, airline tickets and book hotel or hostal rooms online, never put down a deposit on land, real estate or rentals nor trust any female looking for love or marriage, simply travel to the country in which you wish to meet a woman, Phillipines, Thailand, Africa, Latin America, bring a travel partner as at night, as in the US cities, women usually go out in pairs or threes for security, you will meet and date lots of women face to face, yes or no, even meet their older Brothers if not so lucky!!!!, it is hard for me even to maintain casual male or female or small business relationships solely online, often interest fades, an online friend from US came down to El Salvador last year, soon as he arrived and we met in the flesh, we had chemistry and similar interests, he met and moved in with a local woman within weeks, he tried to set up a small business here but failed, just could not learn Spanish and trusted too many natives, but he tried and for a while had a good friend I could talk with and kvetch (gripe) with over the locals, oh,. If you ever get criticism from PC or Puritanical persons from States or Canada that 40 plus men should not be dating younger women, I would ignore them until they start paying all your bills, all of them, then they are able to tell you when to jump and you ask how high on way up
I have received any of these before, i think its to no end. I would not pursue any of it.