Online dating should be pretty easy and straightforward, right? It’s become so popular that there’s a lot of “normal” people on there… or so I thought!
I was messaged by this incredibly handsome and fit guy named Mike. I nicknamed him “Magic Mike” as you can see why.
Yummy! Nice smile, totally buff, seems nice…so he asks me for my phone number… says he’s moving from NY to Miami and has been trying to get to know people before his move. I’m like “YESSSSS! How the hell did I get so lucky?! Too good to be true!” (Yep, that’s right, little voice of reason.)
So after a day or two of texting, which involved heavy flirting and the delicious sense that I was gonna get me some of those rippling abs in the very near future – I started feeling that something was “off.” (Grrr!)
First, his grammar was awful. (I associated this with the lack of brains due to his beauty. You cannot be gifted on both sides!) Then, while he claimed was all open to talking on the phone or FaceTiming, he would disappear or give an excuse when I asked to do so. And, finally, he was vague when answering questions on his plans for Miami upon arrival. Seemed strange that someone making such a move would be so disorganized about the whole thing.
We’d chat about taking pictures/selfies and he sent me this picture.
He said he was working out one evening and so he sent this picture. (Shit! His abs have abs!)
While I planned my future escapades with this fine specimen, I was doing my internet research. I checked online for the logo of the gym he was at. Couldn’t find anything in New York. I searched his phone number. Nada. I started to do the reverse image search but couldn’t get it to work on my cell phone. So after boasting about Magic Mike’s beauty to my inner circle of family and friends… my brother calls me laughing hysterically! His boyfriend actually follows this guy on Instagram! Yep! Magic Mike is actually Mike Thurston, fitness trainer/Insta model in LONDON! (Check him out on FB: https://www.facebook.com/mikethurstonofficial or Instagram: http://instagram.com/mikethurston)
I was communicating with an imposter that was using this man’s images! Thank goodness luck was on my side and my brother in law knew who this guy was! Now it was time for me to flip the script on the Catfisher! Catfishee became the catfisher!
What did I do? Over the next few days I kept flirting with him and started getting really really needy. Like, weird needy. Then I started asking him for money. Saying I was a single mom that needed the help. He was freaking out! Finally, I told him that I needed the money for my “final surgery” because I was in the midst of transitioning from a man to a woman.
(*Disclaimer: I have no problems with transgendered community but I knew it’d freak him out.)
I told him that the pics I posted from Match were of a friend of mine and that I hoped he’d forgive me for the lie. He responded with “Ahhh! I am NOT interested, bye. Thanks for posting fake pictures of yourself.” Dude had the nerve to get pissy for faking him out! LOL! My final message to him (before I finally blocked him) was a screen shot of Mike Thurston’s facebook page. I told him that if I was ever in London, I’d be sure to look him up! (I wanted him to know I was on to his game.)
With a bit more research, we traced the phone number to some loser that lives in Kissimmee, FL with a last name of Patel. Very far off from Mr. Thurston. There’s an address associated with this guy so I’m going to send him a very special gift…Glitter!
For those of you that haven’t seen “Ship Your Enemies Glitter“, check it out! It’s soooo worth the $10!
Moral of the story? Trust your gut instinct. If it’s too good to be true, it usually is! And research the heck out of anyone you meet (online or in person). And if you get catfished, don’t be a victim! Fire back anyway you can! I ended up having such a laugh with this experience!
And at least Mike Thurston has a new follower on social media! Maybe a few after this post! 😉