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Received Anon Warning - my pic on ATS

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posted on May, 13 2008 @ 09:45 AM
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I've just received an anonymous email from deadfake.com about my membership on ATS and how I should not have a real photograph of myself on my posts.

I quote...
"In case you haven't noticed, other members never use their actual images when posting...
You should take down the photograph of yourself immediately. It is dangerous to put your actual imagine on this website. Consider yourself warned. " signed "An individual with your best interest at heart."

Well - ok - I've been warned. But what exactly have I been warned about?

Or am I just totally and utterly naive.




posted on May, 13 2008 @ 10:09 AM
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I am sure the person who was warning you had your best interest at heart.
I myself am an local activist in my city and I have been filmed and photographed by civilian spies...I actually like to call them delusional spies as they believe they are doing good in the community.
The person who was warning you has probably experienced exactly what I go through daily...I am under 24/7 surveillance and for the past 16 years I have had my life messed with by these delusional spies including 3 attempts to run me off the road.
I moderate a forum for people who are multi-stalked and talk to many people globally who have fallen victim to what is commonly called organized stalking.
I am sure the person who sent you the warning was referring to the many civilian spy networks that are everywhere in both Canada and the US.
If I was given this warning I would not give a d@mn as my picture has been taken so many times by people I do not know. But if you are not experiencing organized stalking (yet) it might be a good idea to remove your pic.


[edit on 13-5-2008 by iamcanadian2]



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 10:11 AM
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I guess it depends on if you´re the fearful type of person or not. There are some members here that post pictures of themselves as their avatars. Others dont. Your choice.



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 10:16 AM
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Stalkers, in one word. They don't have to have any knowledge of you personaly but they can latch on and believe me its darned near impossible to get them out of your hair. I was a guide for AOL back in the day and a friend ended up with a very dangerous stalker that made her life miserable. She had to have AOL and the FBI to track this guy down. He had a rap sheet that would scare you to death. He just liked her screen name. Never saw her untill he managed to somehow find her own web site with pictures of her and her family on another network. He used photoshop and made pornographic images and put them up on a web site and mass mailed links to others. By useing the other sites IP address he managed to track down her home address. Thats harder to do now but it can still be done. Because she would not agree to meet him he started to make threats to her and made life a living hell for 8 months untill the FBI had enough to arrest him. So you might want to consider the friendly warning. In this day and age, the crazies don't need a real reason to make you they're next victim!

Zindo



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 10:19 AM
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That is kinda creepy.

I do happen to see a lot of avatars with people's pictures in them, including the site owners and admins, so I don't see the big deal.

I am confused as to why this is a medical conspiracy though.



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 10:22 AM
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OOPS - SORRY - didn't mean to post it in Medical Issues and Conspiracies!
I have no idea how that happened to be honest.

I tried to just make a regular post - please delete this post MOD and accept my apolgies.

I appreciate everyone's comments and will take them into consideration.



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 10:23 AM
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Originally posted by MareNostra
Well - ok - I've been warned. But what exactly have I been warned about?


Well if the "powers that be" really want to get you I would suspect they would start by tracing your ip, instead running around Canada looking for the woman in the picture. : )

Though the idea of a group of civilian spys...hmmm...interesting. So if by chance someone were to use ANOTHER persons picture, then that person would become the object of organized stalking? Hmmm.

But seriously I would not worry about it at ALL if I were you, at most one of these years someone at a grocery store will say, "Hey, do you post on ATS?".



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 10:26 AM
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Originally posted by MareNostra
I've just received an anonymous email from deadfake.com about my membership on ATS and how I should not have a real photograph of myself on my posts.


Seems like a prank from someone who knows you. It's impossible for anyone but me to get the email address you used when you registered for ATS... unless you've given it to someone else on your own.

See that image in my avatar... that's me.


No need to worry, someone's just playing games with you... especially since deadfake.com is just such an email service someone would use to play games with.



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 10:29 AM
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Deadfake.com....what is that? An anonymous email server?

I haven't looked, but is your email listed here at ATS?



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 10:39 AM
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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
[Seems like a prank from someone who knows you. It's impossible for anyone but me to get the email address you used when you registered for ATS... unless you've given it to someone else on your own.


Thanks for that pertinent bit of info Mr. Overlord. I've introduced a few of my friends and family members to the site as it is a fascinating place to hang out. Thus, it HAS to be one of those people. Thanks for the clarification.

NOTE to friend or family member that sent the email: I kind of feel like an idiot for bringing the whole thing up in the first place...with friends like you, I don't need an ENEMA!



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 10:42 AM
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No worries MareNostra, life would be boring without friends who care enough to make us look silly once in a while.


Springer...



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 10:47 AM
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Google headlines this..

Deadfake.com Send free, anonymous and easy fake email. Welcome to deadfake - a site that lets you send free fake emails to anyone you like. Not only is it anonymous, ...


Scary thought when you think about.

Seems like a quick and easy way to be malicious while being unknown.

Wonder how many of the 'not so upstanding citizens' might use this....

Back to you MareNostra,

I too think it is someone who knows you. Whether it be in jest or for another reason.

For someone to randomly send you an email regarding your picture being on a website would be much too coincidental.
Not an IT guy but I would assume that finding someones email address would not be all that much of a task.



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 10:47 AM
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Its nice to know this site is more secure than AOL used to be. makes life much easier. Thanks to the owners and MODS.

Zindo



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 10:50 AM
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Whose to say that's a picture of you and not some random person?

For all I know...you really liked that angle of Stonehenge...



If you really want to get a rise out of them....post their picture in your avatar...


Just Kidding Friends and Family!!!



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 11:39 AM
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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
See that image in my avatar... that's me.


Must.....resist....temptation....to say something.....

Seriously he's right. I have my image in my avatar half the time.



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 11:51 AM
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Originally posted by ZindoDoone
Its nice to know this site is more secure than AOL used to be. makes life much easier. Thanks to the owners and MODS.

Zindo


Amen to that
I too was involved with AOL chat "back in the day" working with the guides as an empowered host with a direct link to the TOS teams - and a very scary place it was sometimes.

ATS makes that old AOL setup look like a kids playground.



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 11:56 AM
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I have had the same experience from a forum member here when I posted pic's of my family in the bts pictures of members thread.

I do not even remember who told me it was un wise, because it really did not matter to me, it was for my friends here to enjoy not some anonomous fool that was trying to scare or control my actions.

You do as you please, and one other thing is that I notice many people place their pictures in their avatar from time to time, I usually suspect that they are pictures from long ago, how they want people to see them.

That could be a picture of you 20 years ago for all we know. It just does not matter.



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 12:03 PM
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I noticed the image you have in your profile is on facebook. I won't post the path for privacy reasons. Do you recall mentioning ATS to your facebook pals?

That could be the missing link?



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 12:57 PM
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Yeah, probably nothing to worry about, but with facial recognition software that continues to be improved upon it might make it easier to spot any individual anywhere and anytime they happen to smile for the camera.

Public cams may soon be tied together and I'm sure there is some database somewhere that's being developed for this very purpose. From a security standpoint, having an unaltered pic of yourself on the web adds one less level of security to clear, thus making it easier to identify you.
There is probably some facial recognition bot scanning the web for pictures right now.

That's why I turned my back to the camera to chat with Jorge..



posted on May, 13 2008 @ 01:04 PM
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I've always...

Used my likeness in my avatars... Use it or lose it I say...

Suave Monkeys, not just for being debonair anymore...



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