Meeting Someone Online...Only to Discover the Picture they Sent was a FAKEEE!!

@Jshean20 (14374)
Canada
September 21, 2012 11:24pm CST
No this didn't happen to me, but I always like to brainstorm "what if" situations to find out what you all would do. What would happen if you were sitting at the coffee shop waiting for the person in the picture to show up, suddenly someone shows up that you find to be creepy and not resembling the photo at all? Would you be too shocked to say anything? Would you verbally tell them where to go and how upset you are? If it was me, I would probably run away because this would be extremely creepy. Share your thoughts or even personal experiences if you wish. Thanks.
5 responses
@dpk262006 (53690)
• Delhi, India
22 Sep 12
Hi Jshean! I have no such personal experience so far.. However, if am going to meet any on line friend, I will not see him/her on the basis of his/her photograph. If I know that s/he is a nice person and we have some common interests and s/he respects me as a friend and vice versa, then his/her actual appearance won't affect me. I know I befriend a person (talking about on line friends) on the basis of their interaction with me and their characteristics and personality. Take the case of mylot friends, if am gonna meet anyone, I would meet him/her on the basis of his/her posts/discussions and responses and our interaction in this regard.
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
22 Sep 12
That makes sense dpk. However, if you're a young girl thinking that you're meeting a young boy around your age it would be extremely scary seeing a 50 year old man walking into the coffee shop looking for you. Do you agree?
@dpk262006 (53690)
• Delhi, India
22 Sep 12
Yes, I agree with you that if am gonna meet a young girl of say 25 years of age and she turns out to be in her 40s, I would feel shocked and might run away from the scene. (I would not make such an attempt without cross checking the credential of the girl in question .......lol!)
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
22 Sep 12
Yes doing as much research as possible might prevent such a situation from happening, I just cannot imagine how much my heart would be racing if I was faced with a situation like that.
• Philippines
23 Sep 12
I personally think that we all want to look our best when we are meeting someone for the first time. The thing is, i pity people who go to the point of having to fake their looks just to get someone to meet with them. I also personally think that people who search for friendship and love through texting or through the net are actually the people who have difficulty finding friendship and love face to face. They fear the rejection, etc.. The only time I would consider running away is when the person i'm meeting for the first time happens to be a serial killer or rapist. But if he is none of those, i think it's humanitarian to be considerate and be nice to the person.. He/she may already be feeling sorry for himself/herself. The least you could is to be a human being to them.. Who knows, you just might be the first to make them feel human. :)
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
23 Sep 12
I can understand someone looking different than expected, but if there is a huge difference in age like a 16 year old thinking she's meeting another teenager and it turns out to be an old man, I'd be running at this point.
@silverfox09 (4727)
• United States
22 Sep 12
A lot of people do that , thats the good thing about Facebook most profile are real . I remember going with my friend to meet a guy and when she saw him he was so fat and nothing like he claimed. He wave to my friend and call out her name and she just say to me lets go , we bolt away .
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
23 Sep 12
Oh wow, so did he describe in words how he looked or did he also send some sort of fake picture? Or perhaps he sent a picture from his thinner days?
• India
22 Sep 12
Hi jshean! I would welcome any lady.as my range starts from 16 to 40.lol.it will be real shocking moment if you are waiting for someone you saw and you find completely different person.online chating often invoves these kinda things.i always keep on saying beware trusting somebody online.then also if you wanna meet somebody just go with any of your friend,just for a safeside.as you were mentioning that you might think that he could carry a weapon.lol.personally i never had any such experience.
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
23 Sep 12
16 to 40, that's quite a wide spread range you have there! It was actually a movie I saw that triggered me to create this discussion, a teenage girl thought she was a meeting a teenage boy and it ended up being a dirty old man.
@Raine38 (8987)
• United States
22 Sep 12
That is really creepy and insane. I mean, what person in his right mind would use someone else's picture to post as his right? I don't think I will be able to outrightly tell him off or to tell him that I find him creepy. I would probably fake an emergency like a phone call to me or a text message that I need to go home ASAP.
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
22 Sep 12
I can imagine my heart would be racing like crazy. I wouldn't be able to tell him off because I would probably have fears that he's carrying some sort of weapon, after lying to that extreme I'd have to wonder what his intentions were.