Chats with Random Men #4: James

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Note: These are actual chats conducted on Facebook with men who instant message the musician Alina Simone.

If you too keep getting scammed for money by Russian women, you won’t want to miss this week’s random chat with James…

9:40 pm James
hi

10:02 pm Me
Hello James!

10:02 pm James
how are you?

10:03 pm Me
I am well, and you?

10:03 pm James
not too bad

10:05 pm James
i have one question if you dont mind me asking
are you of russian decent?

10:07 pm Me
Of course I don’t mind! Yes, I am of Russian decent.

10:08 pm James
ok

10:08 pm Me
Um, why do you ask…?

10:08 pm James
just curious

10:08 pm Me
Alrighty then!

10:09 pm James
i have nothing against russians just a bad experience with most females of that country

10:10 pm Me
Oh no. What kind of bad experience?

10:11 pm James
just that i would meet them on internet and they think i am on here for serious relationship and ask for money to be with me

10:12 pm Me
I see. But how could you be together anyways, if you were on the internet? And they were in Russia?

10:13 pm James
thats what the asking of money is for

10:13 pm Me
Like you would GO to Russia and give them money?!?

10:13 pm James
have you heard of western union?

10:15 pm Me
Yes I have! So you were supposed to give them money and then they would, like, fly here to meet you or something?

10:15 pm James
yes

10:15 pm Me
That’s whack, James.

10:15 pm James
i know

10:16 pm Me
Wow.

10:16 pm James
i dont mind being friends with people of different cultures

10:16 pm Me
Right.

10:16 pm James
but to ask someone on internet for money just for a relationship is out of my league

10:17 pm Me
I have to agree with you there. The best relationships usually aren’t based on an upfront monetary exchange.

10:18 pm James
yea

10:19 pm Me
That seems like a very specific problem though, that you shouldn’t necessarily apply to all Russian women you meet.

10:19 pm James
i am not
there was couple american females in other countries asking for money of me

10:20 pm Me
Whoa!

10:20 pm James
yea

10:21 pm Me

See, it’s not just us Russians!

10:21 pm James
i am aware
its just that its been mostly russians thats been asking

10:21 pm Me
Is there some way you can, like, avoid continually getting into these kinds of situations…?

10:22 pm James
other than not being on line?
there could be

10:23 pm Me
Well, I have to admit, I am online often enough, yet have not run in to this particular issue.

10:23 pm James
but you probably had someone say that they thought you were lovely

10:24 pm Me
Nope. Uh uh.
But can I ask you one question?

10:24 pm James
sure

10:25 pm Me
Why exactly are we friends on Facebook?

10:25 pm James
not sure
maybe i like meeting new people from different areas of the world

10:25 pm Me
that makes sense


Alina Simone is a Brooklyn-based singer. She is currently at work on a book of essays about Russia, family and the tragic-comic struggle to make it in indie rock for Farrar, Straus & Giroux. More from this author →