Okay, I would like to think I'm not gullible and that I wouldn't fall for any online scam. And in fact, I almost got away with NOT falling for a recent scam, but then I let my heart get in the way of my head.
Someone spammed my Second Life Women's Club list, asking for some Linden. L$25 to be exact. Not a lot of money, of course, but I had two reactions:
1. I sensed a scam so wanted to protect my members from this old trick of IMing groups asking for a little Linden and getting a lot of it;
2. I didn't like someone spamming my group.
So I did what any good moderator would do - I immediately removed them from the list. Okay, maybe I should have first said: You are violating this group. Off with your head!
Anyway, I figured that was that.
Then I get a private IM from this person - Pam Caudron to be exact about his/her avatar name - and it said simply:
"Thanks a LOT!!!"
Sarcasm? Real disappointment and resentment?
Then I got to thinking: "Wow, that was sure abrupt and mean of me. Maybe they are really a nice newbie who needs a little Linden. And heck, it is only L$25. Maybe they didn't know it was bad to spam someone else's group."
So I IM'd back and apologized, explaining what I did and why. I then asked them if they still needed the Linden.
Still angry? Embarrassed? On to the next scam? I began to overthink their motives.
Damn, it was only L$25, I thought. I give way more than that to newbies I meet inworld and take shopping for nice clothes.
So I paid Pam Caudron L$25.
And never heard from him/her again.
I fell for the scam. I admit it. I talk about it here so others can learn from my mistakes rather than making the same ones.
Yeah, it was only L$25, but I'm sure they got that from a lot of other people who either:
a) didn't realize it was a scam;
b) had that soft spot in their heart that negated the scam warning signals.
I'm sure I'm not the only one.