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  1. Ooze33

    Ooze33 Avatar and Fox Fan

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    Here is a good story that everyone should read:

    After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get on-line. She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on. She sent him an instant message:

    ByAngel213:
    Hi. I'm glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home today. It was really weird!

    GoTo123:
    LOL You watch too much TV. Why would someone be following you?
    Don't you live in a safe neighborhood?

    ByAngel213:
    Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination cuz' I didn't see anybody when I looked out.

    GoTo123:
    Unless you gave your name out on-line. You haven't done that have you?

    ByAngel213:
    Of course not. I'm not stupid you know.

    GoTo123:
    Did you have a softball game after school today?

    ByAngel213:
    Yes and we won!!

    GoTo123:
    That's great! Who did you play?

    ByAngel213:
    We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are so gross! They look like bees. LOL

    GoTo123:
    What is your team called?

    ByAngel213:
    We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are really cool.

    GoTo123:
    Did you pitch?

    ByAngel213:
    No I play second base. I got to go. My homework has to be done before my parents get home. I don't want them mad at me. Bye!

    GoTo123:
    Catch you later. Bye

    Meanwhile......GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her profile. When it came up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen and began to write down what he knew about Angel so far.

    Her name: Shannon
    Birthday: Jan. 3, 1985
    Age: 13
    State where she lived: North Carolina

    Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall. Besides this information, he knew she lived in Canton because she had just told him. He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 p.m. every afternoon until her parents came home from work. He knew she played softball on Thursday afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cats. Her favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she was in the eighth grade at the Canton Junior High School . She had told him all this in the conversations they had on-line. He had enough information to find her now.

    Shannon didn't tell her parents about the incident on the way home from the ballpark that day. She didn't want them to make a scene and stop her from walking home from the softball games. Parents were always overreacting and hers were the worst. It made her wish she was not an only child. Maybe if she had brothers and sisters, her parents wouldn't be so overprotective.

    By Thursday, Shannon had forgotten about the footsteps following her.

    Her game was in full swing when suddenly she felt someone staring at her. It was then that the memory came back. She glanced up from her second base position to see a man watching her closely.

    He was leaning against the fence behind first base and he smiled when she looked at him. He didn't look scary and she quickly dismissed the sudden fear she had felt.

    After the game, he sat on a bleacher while she talked to the coach. She noticed his smile once again as she walked past him. He nodded and she smiled back. He noticed her name on the back of her shirt. He knew he had found her.

    Quietly, he walked a safe distance behind her. It was only a few blocks to Shannon 's home, and once he saw where she lived he quickly returned to the park to get his car.

    Now he had to wait. He decided to get a bite to eat until the time came to go to Shannon 's house. He drove to a fast food restaurant and sat there until time to make his move.

    Shannon was in her room later that evening when she heard voices in the living room.

    " Shannon , come here," her father called. He sounded upset and she couldn't imagine why. She went into the room to see the man from the ballpark sitting on the sofa.

    "Sit down," her father began, "this man has just told us a most interesting story about you."

    Shannon sat back. How could he tell her parents anything? She had never seen him before today!

    "Do you know who I am, Shannon ?" the man asked.

    "No," Shannon answered.

    "I am a police officer and your online friend, GoTo123."

    Shannon was stunned. "That's impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! He's 14. And he lives in Michigan !"

    The man smiled. "I know I told you all that, but it wasn't true. You see, Shannon , there are people on-line who pretend to be kids; I was one of them. But while others do it to injure kids and hurt them, I belong to a group of parents who do it to protect kids from predators. I came here to find you to teach you how dangerous it is to talk to people on-line. You told me enough about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. You named the school you went to, the name of your ball team and the position you played. The number and name on your jersey just made finding you a breeze."

    Shannon was stunned. "You mean you don't live in Michigan ?"

    He laughed. "No, I live in Raleigh . It made you feel safe to think I was so far away, didn't it?"

    She nodded.

    "I had a friend whose daughter was like you. Only she wasn't as lucky. The guy found her and murdered her while she was home alone. Kids are taught not to tell anyone when they are alone, yet they do it all the time on-line. The wrong people trick you into giving out information a little here and there on-line. Before you know it, you have told them enough for them to find you without even realizing you have done it. I hope you've learned a lesson from this and won't do it again. Tell others about this so they will be safe too?"

    "It's a promise!"

    So, whenever you join an online community, always be careful what you say.
     
    #1 Ooze33, Jun 14, 2007
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  2. adf3424sdff

    adf3424sdff Guest

    Well thankyou for that but Ive already revealed my full name, whereabouts, sexuality, uploaded pics of me etc and I haven't been killed or anything yet.
     
  3. welcome to my world

    brawny can add to this story since i bugged out on him. see no one believes me when i say to becareful.....

    also, 1985? that means shes my age now 22. how old is that story??????
     
  4. Frogger

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    I think people go to way too many extremes for things online. I mean, most of it is safe... Basically, if there were that many people online two paedophiles must have tried to meet up with eachother and their 14 year old child alias.

    I think people have common sense and they know what they're doing, forums are harmless banter (most of the time) and webcams exist.
     
  5. maybe over seas but in the US, try watching dateline and then see how hard it is to cover your child molestation ass.....
     
  6. Sovieto

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    i live on 29637 wellington dr. north olmsted, ohio (its a city near cleveland) im home alone most of the day since its summer and my mom is at work. i live in a area called Breton Ridge



    damn it!
     
  7. adf3424sdff

    adf3424sdff Guest

    So basically, no matter what I do, everyone knows me etc so I am doomed.
     

  8. ill be over in 5 minutes :ciappa:
     
  9. Sovieto

    Sovieto Banned

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    what city do you live in again? its safe, cause remember im from america, mate, i mean dude.:ihih:

    ooo im looking forward to this.:ihih:
     
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    I'm not too worried. So what if someone can find my information. What are they going to do with it? Its really unlikely that someone is going to rape me or something.
     
  11. Sovieto

    Sovieto Banned

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    thats what they all say. :sick:
     
  12. sovieto you only wish, but with my abilities, the cop can do ONE thing, uhmmmmm gee i dont know....HAVE A DETECTIVE RUN AN IP SEARCH!?!?! jeez all that work to search for BS favorites.....gahhhh. i can do that right now and find out information on everyone but yeah thats creepy.....i only did it for lee because i was worried about his safty at one point.

    i think the main point of the story was just to not be so personable. lee youre too personable. most of you have nothing to worry about
     
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    But even if you give out all of your info I don't think you have anything to worry about unless you are an attractive female.
     
  14. Sovieto

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    0ooo00 you really did that to lee? you have access to englands database networky thing?

    and, i do wish, but sooner or later, youll want me, they all do, eventually.
     
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    Brady280 Halloween is Awesome!

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    I read a story like that in school a few years ago. Then we had to write a 1 page paper on it :sick:
     
  16. Sovieto

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    bummer :sick:
     

  17. yes i did search him. with our databases as long as i have the IP i can trace them. well not me personally i dont have those types of resources, i had to call in a favor from teh guys upstairs.

    and yes....i secretly want to leave my bf for you sovieto! but they must never know! what will they say about our love?!?!?!? GAH IT JUST HURTS ME TO BE HERE AND YOURE THERE! WHY GOD WHY!!

    dramatic overkill much? :ihih:
     
  18. mr_resi

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    OMFG gave me the chills, but this is what i learn shotokan for, i think this deserves a sticky ;)
     
  19. Flagel

    Flagel Soul of highest Calibur

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    So Sovieto, did you have a softball game after school today?
     
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    My address is readily available on the internet, with very little sleuthing. Then again, I am not a 14 year old girl. If someone really wants to stop by, they must talk to my friends, Smith and Wesson, first.

    Since I am not much of a target for internet perverts, I don't worry too much about it.
     

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