If it seems too good to be true, it usually isn’t true. Diondre Shanklin found that out too late.
The 24-year-old Cahokia man thought he’d found a gorgeous woman on Facebook. “Jessica Wells” was enticing him with nude photos and offering three-way sex on their first meeting.
In reality Jessica didn’t exist. She was a “catfish,” a fiction created on social media. Police said a romantic rival created the trap to lure Shanklin and eliminate him from the equation.
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The consequences may not be as dire, but you should know things are off when you are picked out of all the folks in the cyber universe to benefit from the riches an African oil minister can deliver, or when a few clicks can offer the love of your life or the instant gratification of your dreams.
Few real rewards result without effort. Those that do may have hooks and lines that sink you.