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28 April 2008 @ 09:31 am
Internet Security  
I found this on a forum for people who are recovering from their encounter with a psychopath (psychopaths are a surprisingly large percentage of the population):

'DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?

I AM A CYBERPATH. YOU'D NEVER KNOW IT.

I CAN TELL YOU IN DETAIL OF MY TROUBLES WITH MY ALLEGED PSYCHOPATH. YOU WILL IDENTIFY WITH MY STORY. I CAN TELL YOU OF HOW IT'S AFFECTED ME EMOTIONALLY, PSYCHOLOGICALLY AND PHYSICALLY. I WILL WIN YOUR TRUST ONLINE BY SOLICITING YOUR SYMPATHY. I WILL MIRROR YOU AND WIN YOU OVER.

MAYBE I WON'T TELL YOU ALL MY STORY AT ONCE, I WILL LET IT OUT LITTLE BY LITTLE, IF AT ALL. PERHAPS I MIGHT LURK AND NOT EVEN POST AT ALL.

BUT I WILL STUDY YOU. I WILL STUDY YOUR STORIES. I WILL CHECK THE MEMBERS LIST AND LOOK AT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, IP AND OTHER INFORMATION. I WILL MAKE A NOTE OF ANY HINT OF YOUR IDENTITY AND GOOGLE TO RESEARCH YOU AND FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE THANKFULLY SO VERY CARELESS.

DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? I AM YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE.

HOW DO YOU KNOW THE STORY I TELL YOU IS TRUE? HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT I AM THE GENDER I SAY I AM? THAT I AM FROM WHERE I SAY I AM? I AM VERY CAREFUL. I USE PROXY SERVERS TO HIDE MY REAL IP ADDRESS AND LOCATION. I COULD BE LIVING RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO YOU. I COULD BE IN PRISON WITH TIME TO KILL LOOKING FOR A NEW TARGET FOR WHEN I AM RELEASED. I COULD BE YOUR EX TRYING TO FIND YOUR POSTS TO USE IN COURT AS EVIDENCE TO USE AGAINST YOU. DID YOU THINK I WOULD BE SO STUPID AS TO IDENTIFY WHAT I REALLY AM TO YOU? I WILL FIRST WIN YOUR TRUST AND BECOME YOUR BEST FRIEND. A FORUM LIKE THIS IS A WONDERFUL PLAYGROUND FOR A PREDATOR LIKE ME.

DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? I COULD BE STALKING YOU RIGHT NOW.

SO PLEASE- HELP ME- MAKE SURE THAT YOU CONTINUE TO IDENTIFY YOURSELVES BY LEAVING PERSONAL CLUES, LIKE: YOUR LOCATION, YOUR AGE, YOUR JOB. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU GET NICE AND COSY IN THIS FORUM AND FALL INTO A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY AND LET YOUR NAME SLIP. I LOVE YOUR NAIVETY AND TRUSTING NATURE. IT MAKES YOU SO MUCH EASIER TO FOOL AND HUNT DOWN.

PREDATORS LIKE ME NEED PEOPLE LIKE YOU.'

 
 
 
3treekisser: Magnolias3treekisser on April 28th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Great, now I'm feeling scared... >_
Tapatitapati on April 28th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
Don't be scared, be cautious about personal information online!

I was cruising along in one forum, talking about our local earthquake, posting pics of myself, and so on. Then someone made some serious threats and promised to find me and carry them out. Ever since I've been very cautious about identifying information online. Everyone should be. Most people are great--except for the ones who aren't.