The other night I got a message from what I can only assume is a burner POF account. It features two pictures of a model-worthy man, both professional shots. In both he's topless to show off his ripped physique. Candid shots, in one he is sitting, bronzed and beautiful on a beach, working on - I dunno, a ship model of some kind? In the second, a black and white shot, he's putting a shirt on. Like, these are serious model shots. And there's no writing in the profile - only, "Under construction." I feel like the photos were ripped from Google Images or something, not someone's candid shots.
Anyway, I got a message from him that said:
"You should meet a friend of mine that is here with me. :)
He liked your profile, but he doesn't online date.
He is the perfect mix of what you are looking for, his number is…"
I stared at the email for a while, and then replied,
"What?! This isn't a real thing, is it?!"
"LOL! It's a real deal and thing! :) Why not? His name is Ben."
"Well, if Ben wants to speak for himself, he can text me. Here's my number."
About an hour later, I get a text from an unfamiliar number.
"Hey, this is Ben. My friend talked to you on POF, right?"
"Yeah, he did! I thought it was a set up."
"I guess I'm supposed to send you a photo."
…and then texts me a photo of a super handsome dude in a suit Definitely NOT a model shot but handsome as all get-out.
This does absolutely nothing to allay my fears that this is some weird kind of practical joke or set-up.
Anyway, this "Ben," texted me a few more times that night. And we've exchanged a few texts, which have given me a general idea of this guy, in terms of where he lives and what he does, but no specifics that I can, say, verify using the handy Internets.
He wants to meet up next week for a date. I am still convinced this is going to backfire in some way that will be hilarious to everyone but me. When did I get so gun-shy?