It all started with an innocent message:
hot19blue on YAHOOmessenger addme2chat ur cute! thought you might enjoy checking out a photo on myspace!
I added this hot19blue to my yahoo messenger and to my surprise she was available! For a while she seemed legit. She would talk about how she used to chat with me before and that she was moving to my area. I kept asking where, but she didn't deviate from the script. [continued below]....
..... The chat continued, she didn't really respond to my questions but once in a while she would ask me questions. Like: Are you still even single? or Would you help me get a better job? Sometimes she would even react to my answers, like a real person. For a while it seemed like I was talking to someone I used to chat with, but then came the hook.
After a while, hot19blue said she had to go back to work. Her job, well... she's a webcam model. The script becomes a bit sketchy after that revelation. She wants to get out of the wonderful biz of adult webcam models but she needs my help. However, right at that moment she had to get out of yahoo and work; she wanted us to continue our conversation on her private site or I guess watch her work for a bit and then talk. She gives me a link and begs me not to share it, according to her she can only give a few free passes out. I follow the link and dozens of pictures show a good looking busty blond in poses designed to stimulate the male libido or second dumber brain.
Several things made me not trust this person. First her hometown was on large red font, and I can bet good money when you visit the site what you'll see is your hometown or your IPs geolocation. Second, I needed a credit card to enter my free, friends-only, backdoor, VIP access webcam link/site she so desperately didn't want me to share. Here's a sample of what was on the link she gave me [http://localcam2camgirl.com/friends/]:
Hey guys thanks for stopping' by....
If you want to see me on my live high-definition webcam, just click here to join .
p.s. It doesn't cost anything for a membership since this is my special
invite link, but you gotta verify your age! Just click my picture and
fill out the infoat the bottom of the page. You MUST be over 18 and
PLEASE don't give out this link to anyone. Thanks and see you inside my
I was suspicious so I asked her about the whole credit card thing. She actually responded, and said it was the law. Not a cent was gonna be charged to my credit card it was only used to verify age. However, I wasn't convinced. So I did a bit of research and here's one of the posts I found:
[originally posted here:http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=102&threadID=336388&messageID=3363036&tag=content;leftCol]I thought I had seen them all. Because I am online a lot, I receive all
manner of stuff in my email, including invitations to join dating or
friendship websites. Invariably I check them out of curiosity and if
they look interesting I sign up. A week ago I was invited to join
badoo.com Shortly after I was contacted by a voluptuous and beautiful
young woman with dark skin and dark, slightly frizzy hair. Here is the
email she sent me:
To: XXX XXX (my email address)
Sent: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 21:24
Subject: Re: myspace
i guess your not getting any of my email huh? ive been tryign to email u
so many times but this dam laptop is such a piece of garbage and keeps
freezing.. anyways how u been? In case u dont know
who this is its ME MADISON.. we used to chat a bit on facebook and then I think u deleted me
haha.. anyways guess what... I got 2 things to tell u.. both good
news.. 1) im single now.. yup me and my bf broke up about 3 months
ago... and 2) guess where im moving? RIGHT EFFING NEAR U.. lol... ur
actually the only person im gonna know there.. well 3 cousins too but i
cant chill with them lol..I remember when we chatted u told me u thought
i was cute and u wanted to chill so now we finally can HAHA! im kinda
scared to move.. im hoping this email addy is still the one you use and u
can chat with me ebfore i get there.. maybe even help me move my ****
in...are u still on facebook? i cudnt find ui was soo confused...anyways
im gonna need someone to show me the town and take me out so u better
be around bebe...we only chatted a couple times but i remember thinking
to myself i wanted to get ot know u better when i was single..a nd i
thoguth u were cute too but cudnt tell u cause i wasnt single lol...ok
so more info about me.. well im 23.. virgo.. love the outdoors and love
to socialize, go out for drinks, restaurants, movies etc.. travel.. i
have a lil kitty named BOO and i luv her to death... uhhh oh im a super
horny gurl too but every gurl is they just wont admit it. so ilove
watching p0rn and all that.. love sex etc blah blah blah...who doesnt..I
really hope we get a chance to chat for a bit either online or on the
fone before i get
there enxt week.. i hope u remmeber me and still
wanna chill and arent married yet lol.. OH YA also.. i need to find a
job when i get there.. do u have any hookups or know anybody hiring? id
LOVE to work in a bar or osmehting like that...really anythgin cause my
current job is fun and all.. and technically i CUD keep doign it but i
want a change.. i currently work from home and well thats cool but i
need ot be out meeting people.. oh wait. i dont think i ever actually
told u what i did? hmm shud i......???? ok WELLLL... and dont get all
weirded out on me.. i work on a webcam chat community site and i get
paid to chat
with people and get naked HHAHA... BOMB right :)? I
KNOW.. like i figure iim horny anyways why not get paid to chat with
people and play with myself heheh...anyways i hope u dont look down on
that and NO THATS NOT WHY IM CONTACTING U RELAX URSELF lol... i actually
need help once i move and i remembered u live there so im reaching
out....like i said before this computer is a complete piece of CRAP and
freezes NON STOP.. ive tried ot send this email to u maybe 3 times
already and im hopign this time i can hit SEND before i run into trouble
lol.. ANYWAYS.. heres the deal....every month natalie (my boss) gives
each of us 3 VIP codes to give out to whoever we want.. so with this
can lgoin to watch me at work for free and dont have to pay
like everyone else... the only way i can give u one of the codes (so we
can chat) is if you absolutey DO NOT give it out to anyone else and u
ONLY USE IT FOR URSELF... i only get 3 a month and she gets pissed if
more than 3 people use them so DONT SHARE IT MISTER... i figured u cud
always email me back instead but my email account doesnt even let me
login half the time.. so the bets palce ot chat me is my chat room... if
theres anyone else logged in when u sign in ill boot them out.. but
DONT SHARE THIS PASSWORD PLEASE BABE IM BEGGING U.. I TRUST U... im
online most of the day now to try and save money for my move.. also
since im in such a huge debt already form my student loan
I really thingk we need to chat before i get there and make sure u
evern remember me hahha.. anyways ive rambled on and on now and ur
probably soooo annnoyed with me so ill stop now.. im gonna go start
work.. i really hope u come chat me. it wud make my day and releive a
lot of my stress about the move... REALLY i mean that....anyways once i
see u in insdie ill shoot u myc ell number and u can gimme yours.. if u
dont wanna come chat i understand but its really the only palce to find
me now days.. if u email me abck ill probably get it once i get there
my internet is setup so about 2-3 weeks fomr now.. but im hopign to see
u in my chat room.. rmemeber its 100% free with this code im gonna give
u.. just DONT GIVE IT OUT OR ILL KICK U IN THE BALLS INSTEAD OF LICK U
IN THE BALLS WHEN IS EE U hahahahha...k babe im out for now... chat ya
soon.. kisses xoxo MADISON FREE VIP BYPASS LINK
had not chatted to this girl as she suggested, but thinking this might
provide an agreeable diversion, I followed the link and found it led to a
live webcam website featuring possibly hundreds of girls from around
the world. It was free to join.
Credit card details were required
to prove age of 18 or more. "You will not be charged at this time."
Inside I found that "Madison" was a fair-skinned blonde girl and in
order to chat to any of the girls an unamed amount of money was
obviously required. I quickly cancelled my membership and was notified
by email that my account was cancelled and if I wished to rejoin at any
time, I must use a different email address.
And if anyone thinks I
am dumb, with any iffy site I use a card that has minimal balance.
Actually it is standard practise at adult sites to ask for credit card
details to ensure the person is aged 18 or more, not that I have ever
bothered to enter such a site.
Within 24 hours "Madison" was deleted from badoo.com so that I was unable to link to her photo for the purpose of this post.
So the girl "Madison" was presumably paid to entice people into the website.
Sounds familiar? Yep. So I confronted my presumed old internet friend and guess what I got after one confrontational message? This personalized reply:
Away Message: I
just missed ya, Im doing my cam show now so come chat there... I got my
new High Def Webcam finally localcam2camgirl.com/friends/ If I missed you then email me your phone number here firstname.lastname@example.org so I can call you after you login to the site
So I blocked the user and decided to share it with the world. If it is a phishing scam I wanna help nip that in the butt before it gets a bunch of suckers that fall for a hot body on a webcam. If it's legit, then what kind of weird sneaky marketing campaign is that? I'd say, avoid Madison just to be safe. There's plenty of safe adult sites out there that don't have to use this sketchy plot to get your hard earned money or your spank stress away fund.