Remember the phrase “stranger danger”? Before, it refers to people that approach you on the street. Now, random people on social media and messenger apps are included in this too.
Dating apps, group chat rooms, social media apps, or any type of messenger platforms are a good way to meet new people. In the hustle and bustle of the metro, sometimes it’s easier to open up your phone and message someone new.
But along with the convenience of messenger apps, everyone must be careful when dealing with strangers on the internet.
With this, we have the 7 Red Flags when chatting a stranger on messenger. By knowing these red flags, you’ll know which people you should be friends with, the people you should stay away from.
7 Red Flags When Chatting a Stranger on Messenger
Here’s a quick rundown of the 7 signs. If you want an in-depth explanation, scroll down for more.
- No Profile Picture
- Limited Information on the Internet
- Asking too much Personal Information
- Asking your Location All the Time
- Sending you questionable links
- Requesting for Monetary Help
- Your Instincts Feel Something is Off
1. No Profile Picture
If the person remains on the anonymous bubble even if you’ve been talking for a long time, avoid this person. There’s a reason why he/she is not showing up. That person could be a catfish, ex-convict, married, etc.
2. Limited Information on the Internet
Not saying you should stalk him/her, but checking if he has a proper general profile (such as LinkedIn or Facebook) should be done.
3. Asking too much Personal Information
If someone is befriending you and asking questions about you, it’s normal. That’s how friendships work. But if this person is asking personal questions such as your address, your family, workplace, etc., then it’s time to stay away. He/she could be getting all this info to steal your identity.
4. Asking your Location All the Time
There’s a difference between a person curious and a person who asks your location all the time. You might not even realize that he’s actually stalking you in a real-life. Don’t let him know your whereabouts.
5. Sending you questionable links
Your device could get viruses by clicking random links. If you’re not familiar with the website, don’t click it.
6. Requesting for Monetary Help
So you’re talking to this person for more than 8 months now, and suddenly he/she is having an emergency. Yes, you’re “friends” online but if you haven’t met this person in real life, then maybe you shouldn’t just give away your money. Online scams are prevalent on social media–people posing as friends only to get money or gifts from you.
7. Your Instincts Feel Something is Off
Listen to your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right when you’re chatting to this person, then maybe something’s wrong.
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