Meeting new people is one of the main reasons why social media and messenger platforms are made. With a simple click or tap, you’ll get to know someone as near as your town or as far as another country. It enables connections across oceans, therefore bringing us limitless possibilities when making friends.
But along the convenient access to new connections, one must be careful with dealing with internet friends, after all, as long as you haven’t got the chance to meet them personally, they are still strangers.
With this, here are the 5 red flags you should look out when starting to a chat someone on messenger.
5 Red Flags When Chatting an Online Friend on Messenger
Here is the quick rundown of the 5 red flags. For further discussion, scroll down for more.
- Limited Information on the Internet
- Asking Personal Questions
- Sending Unfamiliar Links
- Asking for Money or Gifts
- Your Instincts Feel Something is Off
#1: Limited Information on the Internet
It’s usual to the anonymous persona on the internet. People do this a lot on social media forums to protect their identities. Now, if you’ve met someone on a forum and don’t have that much information, you don’t have to refrain from having a friendship with them. But if you’ve been messaging for a long time now on messenger apps and the person is still not down on sharing his information, then you might wanna reconsider chatting to this ‘friend’.
Also, if the person has provided a profile, check its validity. Also, check if the person has general profiles available on the internet.
#2: Asking Personal Questions
It’s okay to ask questions, but if this person is asking questions about things that may jeopardize your privacy (address, work location, family), try to stay out of trouble. Don’t blindly answer his/her questions as you might get scammed or a subject to catfishing (people creating fake accounts with attractive people in it to lure people for money).
#3: Sending Unfamiliar Links
You might think your internet friend is sending a meme, but it could be a virus instead. Avoid having computer troubles and ask the person about the link first. If the link is not that important, you can simply ignore it.
#4: Asking for Money or Gifts
If you haven’t met your internet friend yet, refrain from giving away gifts or money. You might think that your online friend is having monetary problems, but little did you know you are being scammed.
#5: Your Instincts Feel Something is Off
Even though your internet friend is nice, if you feel something is off about him/her, maybe there’s something that’s going on that you just have no clue of. Sometimes, it’s better to trust your instincts. If this person feels like trouble, simply stay away.
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