I think I'm up to 4 people that have contacted me in the last 2 weeks that were clearly scammers. I also get people contacting me that want to talk but their native language is English and when I let them know that they list English as a native language they either say "well I lied because..." or "oh, no I don't" and they change it. I've had both these things happen.
I usually just ignore or block them maybe I should start reporting people who send inappropriate messages.
I've had some really weird ones. One conversation I had was like this: Them: What ethnicity are you? Me: Why Them: You look Asian Me: no reply Them: why do you wear glasses? This is when I said "to see..." they send some more text and I blocked them.
As longterm users we're quite good at spotting scammers. I've never encountered an American soldier deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq who wrote faulty English and wasn't a scammer. When my gut tells me that's a scammer I report them.
Many people who are active in this community have gut feelings for scammers. I think we need to report them immediately to protect newbies here. Most scammers pretend to be native English speakers, and they have a legend, that they are American soldiers in Afghanistan. Most English learners dream to have a native English speaker as a language partner, and they are easy victims of scammers.
Thanks to Phil to drow our attention to the scammer and thnks to others who reported the scammer.