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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?"

Deb57 8 July 1

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Honesty isn't declared....it's proven.

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To be honest, they’re probably lying 😏

Lol

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

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Seems like that is a staple of scammer vocabulary.

Exactly

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

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

Stable genius=smart ass

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Red flag. I might be biased but the only people I've known who have felt the need to tell me they were honest turned out to be some of the most dishonest and dispicable people I've ever met.

This has been my experience, as well.

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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.

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Ask them what internet provider they have there in Nigeria.

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

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he's gaslighting or soon will be

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

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Frequently used by scammer

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do not believe what that person says

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

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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

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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.

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

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

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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
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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.

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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."

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"Watchers"

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.

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

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

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

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