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Strange encounters of the computer kind?

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by GreenIs, Feb 17, 2003.

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  1. GreenIs

    GreenIs Thread Starter

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    I'm just wondering, with so many of us here in random being so hooked on the internet, whether any of you have an interesting story of people you have encountered on it. In particular, strange stories of unusual things people have said that made you think, " oh dear another weirdo...where's the exit to this 'room' ?"

    I started to wonder about how many of us do have these such stories because I every so often encounter a person who is "missing a few screws". I find it quite amusing to be communicating with someone who may not be "all- there", and it's usually becomes a good inside joke with the others who have witnessed it, as well.
    Right Jim? Can I offer you some seeds? ;) :D

    Or how about the extreme of the "cyber-cases":
    Have any of you had a "cyber-stalker" or known some one who did? How far did it go?

    So lets here it...
     
  2. Rockn

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    There are too many to mention altho none of them have happened to me. I think women have a bigger problem with this sort of thing than men do. Wanna hear an extreme case? A frined of mine had a man from Norway show up on her doorstep and expected her and her husband to put him up and help him find a job in the US. They finally sent him packing.

    Come on ladies tell us all your cyber stalker tales because I bet most of you have at least one.
     
  3. Jonesiegirl

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    Ooooohhh I have a few to share from my "chatting" days. Like green, I was a mIRC fanatic... eghads, a walk down "memory lane" will have to wait... but I will be back, sooner or later, to elaborate... :rolleyes: (maybe) :)
     
  4. Flrman1

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    The only weirdos I have met were right here in random LOL!!!!!
     
  5. pyritechips

    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten

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    Right Elsa: "Incoming missiles! Hey Donald...Duck!":rolleyes:

    But seriously: Next time you talk to Melissa, ask her about Jason in Nova Scotia.
     
  6. SexyTech

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    I agree! But unfortunately, Mulder is a moderator and we can't get rid of him that easily!
     
  7. GreenIs

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    I'll just pick out some of the more interesting facts and then give you guys the link rather then having you waste your time reading the whole thing(unless of course that's your style then be my guest) :)

    "-one in ten people who are on the net have been "cyber-stalked"
    or roughly 10%, which they now believe to be much higher.

    -A stalker is anyone who contacts you or seeks to gain intimate personal knowledge of you without your consent, or after being told to cease.

    -"contact" being :unwelcome advances and obscene offerings, to disparaging, demeaning, slanderous, vile, or threatening comments made in a chat room, on a bulletin board, through Email, instant message, or any other on-line communication medium

    -be prepared for the worst and take the appropriate steps as soon as you begin to suspect that you have become victim

    -According to statistics from W.H.O.A. (Working to Halt On-line Abuse)19.5% of cyber stalking cases escalate to offline stalking

    -One out every five cyber stalking cases becomes an off line, real world stalking case - so that's like saying 2million out of 10million cases.

    -once we have become the object of a cyber stalker, we have a one in five chance that it will actually reach our home

    -their goal seems to be to intimidate, create fear, and get a reaction (is important to understand this because this is part of your first round of defences against these individuals.)

    best way to be prepared is to understand beforehand how to react, and the appropriate steps to take once you realize that you have become a victim
    - remain calm and objective- (meaning don't react)

    -best course is to simply and calmly speak to them one time, whether by email, chat, bulletin board, or whatever method is being used, and tell them that you no longer wish to have any communication with them whatsoever- (if you add that you will report them, then keep a copy of your request and have no further contact with them.)

    - sets the stage for a complaint if they should continue

    -further communications you can report the offender to both their ISP (Internet Service Provider) and your own. Most ISPs will, with sufficient grounds, terminate the offender’s accounts.

    -if you can bear to just ignore the communications while you gather evidence, you stand a greater chance of the offender just getting tired of being ignored and going away. On the other hand, if you report them and they have their account terminated, they can get another account somewhere else and may be thrilled that they got a reaction, or angry at the termination, and press further

    -the extremes: of either changing your accounts, or changing your ISP altogether. You may have to find new places to visit if that is feasible. If they found you before in an on-line venue that you frequent, it would be easy enough to find you again even under a new account, unless you can also change your style of communication

    Your next step is to go your local police, and enlist the assistance of one of the on-line organizations that work with cyber stalking cases. Some of these organizations are,"

    WHOA – http://www.haltabuse.org
    Wired-Patrol – http://www.wiredpatrol.org/
    National Centre for Victims of Crimes - http://www.ncvc.org/


    For full article :
    http://www.awardsites.com/articles/oir-cyber_stalkers.htm
     
  8. mtbird

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    Yes, this strikes a nerve :rolleyes: It is the very reason I left another forum.
    I was new to that forum.....prolly hadn't been there more than week, when I started receiving PM's from a guy who wanted to be my cyber friend. He would show me around and give me the scoop on who were the "good guys" and the "bad guys". It started out very innocently, but then became a nightmare of messages. According to him, everyone that was male and I had talked to was BAD. I realized things were getting out of hand and I tried talking my way out of it. He persisted and I finally just had to ignore him. Needless to say, that p*ssed him off :rolleyes:
    He would follow behind my every post, with a comment. The comments became more and more bizarre.

    I finally just left and found my way here :) I came away with a new awareness around me. I guess it's the price we sometimes pay for being on the internet.
     
  9. Rockn

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    Would be interesting to find out how many other females on that particular form had your same experience.
     
  10. Rhettman5.1

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    Why am I thinking this thread is bad for buisness over at the mill :)

    (Oh yea, I had this "napster buddie"-female- send me a nice juicy card one time, only prob was the WIFE picks up the mail !!)

    After several surgery's however, I am back to"normal" :D ...Rhett
     
  11. littlemar

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    Guess I've been lucky since I haven't had any problems of this sort.

    Of course, after working on and with computers all day I'm only on during the work day so I have no urge to do a lot with them at night. And since I get and give help this is the only site I really use.

    I've checked out some chats a while back but wasn't impressed with the clientele and the way the conversations were going so I just left without getting involved. Guess I'm really picky about where I want to spend my time. :)
     
  12. valley

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    I had a cyber-stalker for a short time at a different forum...it was no fun at all. It started out as a debate. The guy was a huge Neitzsche lover and often quoted him. It went along ok for awhile until he got tired and started using bad language and name-calling. It got progressively worse and I was too stupid to back down from him. He made a few sexual comments about me that I felt threatened by so I quietly left.

    While I was there, I foolishly gave a link to my web page in my profile and at my page, was my email address. After I was away from the forum for a few days, I started getting porn pics and adverts in my email....which was upsetting because the first one popped up while my daughter was standing there (she didnt see it, though..thank God). These werent your average guy/girl pics...they were of blindfolded women who were chained to walls and sadism/masochism advertizements. I had my name taken off of their mailing lists but I got more and more every day. The final straw was when I got a letter that wasnt signed......and when I hit reply....it said there was no such address. It was short but very violent. It sent me into a panic. I didnt go near my computer for a few days after that. My hubby was furious with me for even talking to this guy to begin with and thinking that I could someone reason with him and get him to soften up his views. About all I did was enrage him, even when I was talking to someone else. Hubby told me that he didnt want me going to forums for awhile. I stayed away from that forum for 6 months. I went back to it in June of last year...and saw that they had had a big "crackdown" and that most of the nasty people had been gone for awhile. One little reminder....a pm from him telling me how much he missed me, he sent it about a month after I had left there. Anyways.......to make a long story short, I changed my isp's, got a new email address and the problem ended.
     
  13. SexyTech

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    Cyber Stalkers can truely be a PAIN In The ARSE!

    Not just for the Stalkee...but for anyone that tries to help get rid of the stalker!

    I had a friend that was being stalked/Hacked by some punk! she was freaking out...I tried to put and end to it, then the CHUMP tried hacking me...

    At the time, I was working for a National Broadband ISP.....

    Have you ever seen what happens to a PC when retaliation comes from DUAL OC-48's?

    I guess his mommy and daddy wouldn't buy him a new PC after I smoked his! But then again...he's not bothering my friend anymore!
     
  14. ChrisJ

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    I don't know... I'm about as strange as they come so I haven't had to worry too much.
    ;) :D
     
  15. GreenIs

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    I used to chat very often on mIRC and had 'met' some interesting people on there. The problem was that I had caught the attention of a guy, whom was being "cyber-stalked" by some girl he had chatted with. Well this girl, took our chatting as a threat to her and she became extremely aggressive to-wards me. At first, being me, I would joke about it and just brush it off like it was no big deal. But then it became more then just a joking matter and it began to irritate everyone else who visited the chat 'room'. She eventually was banned from the chat by one of the admin's, but she blamed her banning on me, of course. This obviously enraged her and some how she got ahold of one of my first email addy's. That's when the real 'fun' started. I started to learn about virus', spamming, being 'nuked', and eventually frightening hate mail.

    I took it as far as having her account disabled so she had to find a new net provider - which she did, and changing all my emails and other net information like isp... BUT she would some how find me. So I knew one of the so-called- cyber buddies I had in chat may be the "insider" and walked away from chat completely for one year - once again changing all my information. She finally stopped. I don't chat there anymore, and that's why.- or she is in jail for stalking someone else. :D

    After that year, I found TSG and that's where I have stayed. For the strange( and naive) reason that I feel safer on a forum then in a chat. Not to mention, when I first joined TSG there were only a few of us in random and I liked what I saw and read...so I felt comfortable trying to fit in. But as with any growing on-line community, we occasionally get our weirdos here. Lucky for us the "staff" here keeps a good and quick eye on things so they aren't left to fester and cause too much damage. I've only encountered two weirdo's here, but to my luck they had bugged others before me and so I didn't have to worry about having to do anything, or to consider leaving myself. I have, however, ignored PM's from those I thought could be a threat to my fun here, and this has in-turn stopped them. - but like I said there has only been two and they are long gone.

    These days, when someone I see as being weird comes to 'play' I like to fish at them first and see just how serious they are. I'm curious and I enjoy 'pressing buttons', that are in most cases of the weird, just waiting to be pushed. - However I do realize the 'dangers' in this and am playing with fire, but to my defence I try not to 'take it overboard' but just enough so that I and anyone else around to see the change in character, can have a laugh and then ignore whoever it is or as I say, " help them over the edge". This is not something I advise anyone to do unless they are asking for trouble. - and trust me it is stupid, no argument there.

    Things I have learned - is use only false information about yourself, only hand out emails you don't care to much about like an on-line account such as hotmail, and always have your virus scanner and firewalls up running and up to date. ;)
     
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