One bad date in particular really made me think hard about whether I should ask Jason out.He’d been a kind, active listener; a great friend; and an amazing support system.Falsified passport used in an actual internet romance scam.The deception can be obvious to observers – for example, the photo on this passport does not comply with regulations for size or pose – but these signs are often ignored by willing victims.I stumbled upon the shop on an August afternoon, shortly after moving to the area.It was full of handmade gifts, vintage lamps, and other trinkets, with a small restaurant in the back — certainly not a place I’d go He introduced himself as Jason and seemed a bit shy — which, as an introvert, I could totally relate to.But after making some small talk, he ended up asking for my phone number.I was hesitant, as I often am (even if I think I like a guy), and stammered something along the lines of, “Could we stay in touch online?
Even after four years, we still write each other long emails when we feel like it.
” assuming we would exchange Instagram handles as a way to get to know each other better.
He said that he didn’t have social media but that we could stay in touch via email.
But instead of giving up entirely, he was completely understanding, and we continued to email long letters to each other.
The letters were mostly friendly but with some light flirting on both our ends.
It was old-fashioned, in a way — almost like writing letters to a pen pal or lover.