When you use an androgynous Nick Name, that is one which could be male or female anyone who wants to scam you is going to have a problem.
Firstly, by not knowing if you are a woman or a man the assumption is that you are a man.
Secondly, when you keep your location hidden or lie about it, the assumption is America.
Thirdly,by using a disconnected image a lot of rubbish is automatically revealed, for how can anyone ‘fall in love’ with the image of coffee cup?
Yes,it might be a bit painful to lose all that stuff in your ‘real’account, and might seem self defeating to join social media to meet other people and create a false presentation, but it is also protection.
I can not emphasis this enough.
To put it simply, if a scammer knows you are Mary Green, who lives in Orlando, Florida, they can do a search of Mary Green in Orlando, Florida and get a pile of information. They may get your actual home address, the school you attend, even the car you drive.
But if you are Greeny M from Happy Place, Earth, the only thing that would locate you in Florida would be your I.P. address. But then, how would one know your sex or which one of a thousand users of that I.P. is you?