Many Facebook users have never noticed that they have two different email or message folders. There is your regular inbox where you send and receive messages from people on your friends list. If a person or business that you are not already connected to wants to contact you though, their message winds up in the *Other* section of your message tab.
When you initially click on the Facebook Message / Email icon, you will create a small drop-down window showing not only your most recent emails, but also a tiny menu at the top. Up there, you will find a link called “Other”.
If you have never been in this part of your message section, you might find some strange and sometimes funny emails from strangers. I normally delete everything in mine, but I did find some older ones that work for this example. There are ones trying to convince me to open attachments (NEVER open attachments from people you don’t know). There are the spam ones trying to get email addresses. There are ones that will have no discernible explanation.
My favorite are the weird come-on ones. You know the kind… they say how much they love your profile photo, how wonderful they imagine you to be and usually provide a list of reasons why you should give them a chance by writing them back.
It doesn’t matter if your profile says that you are married.
It doesn’t matter if they live in another country.
They just know from your profile picture that you are their soul mate.
DON’T WRITE THEM BACK!
Their profiles are 9 times out of 10 – FAKES. No matter how natural the photo is … it is not the person emailing you. Many times they are professional con artists who, after a couple months of back & forth emails, will figure out a way to part you from your money.
Not too long ago, I was at the teller window of a bank. There was a sign posted on the glass explaining about the different types of money scams that are currently popular. I asked the woman behind the counter if the notice was really necessary.
She replied, “Sadly, yes. You wouldn’t believe the number of people, especially women, who have been taken advantage of like this.”
So, because it worth repeating, do not email these guys back.
Here is one of my most recent favorites:
just a look at your profile and discover that, you are such a beautiful and Angelic woman.May the Heavens bless the day i write to you, and may it shower blessings of love and understanding for us to know each other better.
I will love to know you better if you dont mind ok.
Please note that any spelling or grammar errors belong to the religiously romantic Bartholomew. I guess he found me so interesting he didn’t bother to read my profile where it states I am agnostic.
There are always exceptions. There can be messages there from people you actually know but are not connected with on Facebook like former boyfriends, ex-husbands and that girl in high school who bullied you. Messages from companies that you have not officially *Liked* could be in there.
And yes, there could be a guy that is friends with other friends of yours and likes what he sees of you through them or may be a co-member of a Facebook group. Ask around to see if someone can vouch that he is truly a real person and then trust your gut.
It is your turn now to take a peek into yours. Have you gotten any interesting messages in your Other inbox lately?
xoxo ~ Melissa