I really don't spend much time on Facebook. I have far too busy a life these days. But I maintain that social connection because it's a place I can go catch up with old friends when I need to.
In the last few months, I've had two (2) females "friend" me who were also friends of other Uechika and/or martial artists on Facebook. The process goes something like this. I see someone requesting a friend link. I check them out, and they are female with a very nice picture. Too nice... But I see they are "friends" with a few other martial artists I know, so I go with it. Why not? I teach at camp, and have had hundreds of students in my various classes who are students of other teachers. I figure we might as well keep the Uechi network together.
And then it comes... With the first one, I had a very young and beautiful girl tell me she was in love with me, blah, blah, blah... Frankly even if I was available for her, I'm not that stupid. Power and accomplishments are great aphrodisiacs, but really! I'm not that enamored with myself. But I was curious, so kept the friendship going and held this person at arm's distance. I even got a Skype connection and "chatted" with this person via a video conference for some time. But that chat was kind of odd. She had an address from a foreign country. She was typing - and not speaking - pretty good English. I could see her face and it matched the pictures, but could not see *her* hands typing. Just a face looking down towards an alleged keyboard. Before long, she's talking about not having a job, and needed money or she was going to lose her phone connection and not be able to contact me. Could I send her some money? I love you so much... and can I have money please?
More recently I got another connection. The face was sultry with big lips, but she had half a dozen well-known uechika as friends. Maybe it was real. I wasn't on for 5 minutes and she IM-ed me from Facebook. She says hi. She tells me she "friended" me because she liked my picture. (Hmmm... Never mind the fact that I need to update it.) And then... Oh darn, she had to go. Could I send her my cell phone number so she could text me?
No, I said, I need to get to know you better. I haven't heard from her since.
You can read between the lines here. People get scammed all the time. I had a friend who put down a deposit on a house for rent, only to find out that the person who got that money didn't own the house. It had a For Sale sign up, but that wasn't the owner. The address? Some "missionary" in Africa. Uh huh! Sad thing is, these people didn't have the money to be scammed. That hurt them badly.
Just an FYI. I'm all for boy meeting girl, but... but... often these connections don't lead to butt.