Then tonight I got the following message from someone that, I swear to you, I have never spoken to before:
"We talked before. Planned to go out but let it slip through the cracks I think."
He sent a second message right after that:
"I remember. Very cute. :)"
I know that this is completely fabricated because, not only do I have no recollection of ever speaking to this guy ever, I find him completely unattractive, and therefore there's no way I would ever have agreed to go out with him. And I certainly don't respond positively to guys who call me cute in that ridiculous, patronizing way.
So obviously the guy's tactic here is to try and bypass all the normal vetting that his targets would normally do by implying that he's already passed through the vetting at a previous time and that it's all just a matter of setting up the date that we were supposed to have gone on already.
It's actually not a stupid tactic. Except for two things: 1) it's evident from my profile that I'm smart - smart enough to figure this shit out, so he's an idiot for targeting me (assuming he even bothers to read profiles - he's probably sent this to 100 other women).
2) What kind of loser woman would want to go on a date with a guy who let things just "slip through the cracks" at some prior point in time?
I just find this really offensive and unsettling. Given the fact that I've had two guys pull this type of con-like, we've met before crap in the past few weeks I'm wondering if somehow it's a tactic that's on the rise. Ladies, be careful.