As Big Brother grows and encroaches upon our everyday lives we hear more and more about the federal government spying on US citizens. The NSA spying scandal is but one example.
From my personal experience big brother spent three years watching my internet posts on this blog, treasure forums, and facebook.
You can rest assured that they're trolling the internet pretending to be treasure hunters intent on entrapping someone in some sort of sting operation.
This is nothing new as I've read stories from decades ago warning about who to trust when it comes to treasure hunting partners.
Today though, they may start with innocent enough emails asking simple questions. In time these questions become more intrusive or leading.
One example is them pretending to be an arrowhead hunter asking if you've heard of anyone finding artifacts on federal property or know of such sites to find points. To this my reply is it is illegal to search for artifacts on federal property.
They might even show up at a treasure hunter get together pretending to be another treasure hunter hoping to find something incriminating against those in attendance.
It's possible they offer to trade guns for a good hunting spot. Nothing like getting firearms involved for potential future prosecution.
While this might seem a bit conspiratorial all this and much more is happening. That's why I prefer to keep things legal and shy away from anything shady.
So if something seems odd or fishy about someone contacting you, trust your instincts and leave them well enough alone.
Good luck and good hunting!