So some of you may recall a post I had on here a while back about my father and some history about his experiences on with a certain B-17 during WWII
in Europe. Some may also recall another post I made about my absolute shock at hearing, from out of the blue, from the granddaughter of a mechanic
who just happened to be the B-17's namesake. (Note: I am intentionally not posting specifics, and I'll get to why in a moment).
Out of the blue I received a message from this gal introducing herself as the granddaughter of a person my father knew quite well. Even more shocking
was the fact her grandfather was still alive at 101. She posted a link to a video of her and him. She provided all sorts of details and some
historical pictures not even I had (and I've done considerable research), even some pictures of my father. Wow, right? 75 years after the fact!
Clearly she had done a bunch of research also. Of course, I responded back and we exchanged several messages back and forth, each with increasingly
more detail from her. Here's where it get's really weird.
By about the 3rd or 4th message back and forth we're on a first name basis with each other. She's in her late 30's and lives in New Orleans and is
apparently a WWII history buff. Then she goes silent for about 3 months. I just figured maybe she said all she had to say and really didn't think
anything more about it...until the day before yesterday. On Tuesday of this week I received a message from her...and it was truly bizarre.
In the message, she introduces herself (again), she basically covers all the same things she covered in her very first message to me. At first I just
thought maybe she accidentally re-sent me her original message which I had saved. I went back and compared the two messages and they're completely
different, same material but completely different wording, length and structure. Says she would like to strike up a conversation about her
grandfather. Well, that's weird because...we already did that...in a fair amount of detail! It was like we never messaged back and forth, and this
was the first time she'd reached out to me. She knows me, so why would she suddenly reach out like she didn't???
I haven't responded, and I'm not sure if I should. I started thinking about this (maybe a bad thing) and it seems just weird enough that it might be
something else like some sort of a scam or something. She hasn't asked for anything, and I'm pretty careful about not providing personal information
as a general rule anyway. For the life of me, I can't figure out how someone could possibly benefit from something like this if it was some kind of a
game. I don't know what to make of it.
What does ATS think?
P.S. The reason I didn't post any specifics in this message is because of how she located me in the first place. She had found a post I had made
several years ago on another forum by using a keyword, and it must have been a pretty deep web search too! So I have intentionally left out specifics
from this message so this post won't show up in a keyword search...at least until I have a better understanding of what might be going on.
What do you think?
Simple memory lapse / brain phart?
edit on 6/4/2020 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)