Saucy invite from lonely woman/online scammer has Mr. Sato filled with desire to do one thing

When a stranger sends him a friend request, our reporter sees the opportunity to relieve his explosive, pent-up emotion.

Like most sociable, tech-savvy people in Japan, our ace reporter Mr. Sato uses messaging app Line to keep in touch with friends and acquaintances. Recently, though, he received a message from someone he’d never met before: Azusa, or, technically, “Azusa♪,”

Azusa’s Line chat invite was accompanied by a picture of a young, attractive woman, and her opening salutation to Mr. Sato was a cute illustrated stamp. Curious, and sensing an opportunity to get out of his regular work assignment, Mr. Sato responded in kind, with a stamp photo of Pen-Pinapple-Apple-Pen singer Piko Taro.

Their conversation quickly transitioned to actual words, with Azusa wanting to know a little more about Mr. Sato.

You might notice that our reporter didn’t actually answer Azusa’s question, and that’s on purpose. See, he was already pretty sure that this was some sort of scam, but he wanted to know whether he was chatting with an automated bot. If he was, all it would do is see that some sort of response had been sent and then immediately launch into a lie along the lines of “What a coincidence! I live in that neighborhood too!”

However, Azusa could tell that her question hadn’t been answered, and so she repeated it.

“Okay, so I’m dealing with an actual person…,” Mr. Sato deduced, and he decided to see where the conversation would lead. So he told Azusa his name and location, and things instantly got flirty.

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