I’m writing because I’m sincerely concerned for fellow patriots who joined Twitter, like me, solely to support Donald Trump. And to interact with like-minded folks to help defeat our common enemy Hillary Clinton. But what I learned since joining Twitter blows my mind.
Please be aware that there are people “trolls” among us with ulterior motives for creating followings. They’re deceptive people, and unfortunately, there are hundreds among us.
Here are fundamental reasons why a troll trolls:
- Trolls lack real-life stimulation, so they seek it online where it’s readily available and easily acquired. A troll’s behavior reflects a deep insecurity and getting attention gives life meaning, regardless of how pathetic that may sound. They pretend to be a cause “go-to” member like a Trump-Campaign insider. But this false-ally attempt is only to build excitement and trust with followers.
- A troll wants the spotlight on them. They want you to repost their comments. They want you to mention them in a tweet. They use common beliefs, such as Trump or God, to make you believe in them.
- They build trust with followers for monetary gain. Once a troll builds trust, they promote things involving money—whether with postcards or donating money to unsecured cause sites. They even share links to hack phones or computers to obtain bank or identity information.
PLEASE DON’T FALL FOR THIS NONSENSE. USE YOUR STREET SMARTS ON TWITTER.
Here are clear signs someone is a troll:
- They include popular names in tweets regarding the cause knowing these people receive too many tweets to matter, but will make gullible followers see the troll as important. This does not mean the troll knows these high-profile people personally.
- They belittle other verified supporters (or have Twitter suspend accounts) who’ve unveiled the troll’s scam or degrade anyone who challenges the troll’s fraudulent activities. They also tweet accusations and defend themselves publicly using reverse psychology tactics.
- Once exposed, they begin deleting past tweets so followers can’t view the inconsistencies and lies. But fortunately in today’s world, screenshots are easily captured and forever available. IP addresses and registration info is also publicly available making it easy for computer savvy folks to obtain incriminating information on trolls.
- They create 100s of accounts so followers see others attesting their legitimacy. The fake advocates use legal threats, God or the heart of the cause like Trump. They pretend they’re celebrities, doctors, lawyers, veterans, law enforcement or activists. It’s all just a smokescreen, mind game. And they likely have other accounts supporting other causes since this is how they make their living. More followers = more money potential. They don’t necessarily believe in the cause but are smart enough to play the game.
- They use their fake accounts to refollow you so when you eventually see the light and do block them, be aware the fake accounts begin following you hoping you follow back—hence the troll keeps you around. And most likely, many of their other accounts already follow you.
- Once too many people notice, they change their Twitter handle hoping it gets unnoticed to retain followers. So if you suddenly wonder where a tweeter went, and someone begins tweeting the same stylistically, beware it’s likely the troll.
Please be cautious folks. Never give money through Twitter. Also, be careful when clicking on links. Some links may contain viruses that can infect your phone, tablet or computer. Or, as mentioned prior, these links allow the troll device access to obtain your personal info.
BE SMART. BE SAFE. AND NEVER GIVE MONEY THROUGH A TWITTER LINK.