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Beware:Online Scammers Pretending to be w/ Doctors Without Borders

I am on social media daily, sometimes 3 and 4 times a day—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Mainly because of the political climate where I can read up from folks I trust and share important info and also
publicize on behalf of my book clients.
A few weeks ago I was online on Twitter and I received a friend request from a certain man.  I viewed his twitter page and it showed a handsome photo of him, and profile said he was a surgeon with Doctors Without Borders.  For those of you that aren’t aware of DWB, it’s an organization that sends a team of medical doctors into worn torn areas that need urgent medical care.
In the past whenever a man has sent a friend request to me on Facebook or Twitter, I block them. I accepted this friend request because he was a surgeon with DWB and he was stationed in Syria.  Yes, you are saying to yourself “how do you know if this man is telling the truth?”  You don’t.  Many, many misrepresent themselves.  In any event I accepted his friend request and he began sending me short messages in what they call DM-Direct Messages on Twitter.  I responded and told him that this was an unorthodox way of doing things, but he persisted and began sending me cute little memes and sharing about himself.  We did this for about 2 weeks and then I spoke to a few people and under their encouragement I proceeded to block him.  I did that for about 3 days, mulled over what I had done, and decided to unblock him.
 When I unblocked him he didn’t respond right away, but a few hours later he sent a message saying “why did you block me?”  I proceeded to tell him the truth, “that many men and women misrepresent themselves, I got scared and angry, and there was no way of me knowing if he was telling the truth.”  We communicated back and forth as much as we could on DM on Twitter and straightened it all out, and my decision was made.  I was going to continue writing back and forth to this stranger on Twitter and I did believe him and I did believe he is a surgeon with DWB in Syria.  I understood I had no expectations from this type of communication.  All along I knew exactly what I was doing and I never got carried away with this pretender, meaning not hot and heavy communications. Just sweet and respectful and that’s what I got back.    All in all, we were in communication for about one month, and then the other day after I had written to him, I see that Twitter had blocked his account.  Mainly because of the unorthodox communication on DM.  When it occurred I felt sad, not surprised that Twitter did it to protect all of us, and I knew this stranger was a hoax.
Why did I continue you ask?  Because I felt very alone and I wanted to communicate even if it was a stranger, and even if the stranger would probably eventually ask me for money.
When these things happen, on the other end, there may be a few people that are writing to me, posing as the same person.  They prop you up with sweet and respectful messages for about a month, and then they come in for the kill and find a clever way to ask you for money.
Deep down inside I kept waiting for this to happen.  I guess the interchanges were so sweet, because these folks are such pros and I wanted it to be “the real thing.”  In any event when this stranger finally did ask me for money I of course said “no” and I blocked him in any way he could reach me.  Never at anytime did i get carried away and feel I was going to give this stranger anything except bits and pieces of my time.
I’m sharing this with all of you, not to receive your judgments, but to just tell you to be careful out there.  It can happen to anyone.  Fortunately enough for me I always kept my head and was aware every step of the way.
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