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How do you respond when somebody you have never met in person and only exchanged a sentence or two with online suddenly tells you they are "honest?"

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Best be careful.

brentan Level 8 July 1, 2019

To be honest, they’re probably lying 😏

CurtisHall Level 5 July 1, 2019



Hahahaha . People who need to convince you that they are honest tend not to be

Simon1 Level 7 July 1, 2019

Seems like that is a staple of scammer vocabulary.



If someone tells me they're honest I immediately guard myself. I believe actions not words

motrubl4u Level 7 July 1, 2019

If the word honest is followed by stable genius, I'd run

Stable genius=smart ass


I immediately scrutinize everything I do know about them because that is a bright red flag that they probably are not.

MsAl Level 7 July 1, 2019

This is my immediate thought, as well.


Ask them what internet provider they have there in Nigeria.


Never ....that's a red flag right off the bat. RUN!


he's gaslighting or soon will be


For starters...I have never thought a person needs to profess his honesty...we need evidence for truth, at least I know I do!


Frequently used by scammer

bobwjr Level 9 July 1, 2019

do not believe what that person says


"I'd never ask you to trust me. It's the cry of a guilty soul."


That’s almost as bad as someone asking you, in the fifth line of a beginning conversation, β€œdo you like to get nasty?” Bubye

Namaste Level 6 July 1, 2019

I probably wouldn't say anything in response to that. Actions speak louder than words.

I have seen several profiles where members proclaim they are honest. I've also seen scammers use that term a lot.


"Actions speak louder than words" is an idiom for a reason.

Kynlei Level 8 July 2, 2019

I trust them about as far as I can throw them.


It sets off alarms for me. I ask myself, 'why would a total stranger feel the need to convince me of their integrity?' Only if they plan to lie. The phrase, "You can trust me." has the same effect.

JimG Level 8 July 1, 2019

Someone who does that is either terribly naive, or terribly inexperienced in the online world, or full of shit.

i would go with the latter. lol.


Any time I hear someone telling me, or anyone else, how honest they are, a line from Hamlet comes to mind:
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

mcgeo52 Level 8 July 1, 2019


Read the posts pinned at the top of the group about Online Scams. That will give you a general idea of what you're up against online.

For some reason that term 'Honest' is used a lot by Romance Scammers.

RavenCT Level 9 July 1, 2019

Reply 'thank you for throwing the red flag so obviously'.


I'd say, "Mmm-hmm", And not much else.

Kafirah Level 8 July 1, 2019

Believe me... just like Trump. Why say that? Sounds shady.


People who can be trusted don't demand to be trusted.

I get this same feeling when Trump or any other politician or sales man says any of the following;

"Trust me!" .... ummm why should I do that?
"I'll be honest!" .... Normally, you aren't honest?
"I won't lie." .... Normally you are lying?
"Truth be told." ... What were you telling before?

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