I hear where you are coming from. I've been the subject of someone in my life yanking my chain too many times. Finally you realize it for what it is and stop playing savior
Sadly I think some people feel safer to connect to people on the net. It adds a bit of the anonimity they need. For some it is a cry for help
And yes it could most definitely be playing people to get a reaction. I am glad someone got enough info to check it out.