I had a comment on one of my hubs from some sick, twisted f#$% who threatened to rape my grandchildren. It was very graphic. The comment had his first and last name, which probably isn't accurate. Is there any way to trace this individual? It had his "name" in blue, with an arrow in the little box.
I'm not sure what little box you mean.
I would definitely contact the HP staff about this. Send them an e-mail about it.
Habee you should be able to see his IP address in the comment.
1) include that in your e-mail to HP
2) google it and you will at least learn if he is in the area you are which if he is would in my opinion make this a much greater problem.
If you mouseover his "name in blue" it should be a hyperlink. Read in the bar at the bottom of the screen what it links to, that may give you more information.
It may be his site or something random.
Hope you catch him... Anonymity on the net is not a good thing sometimes...
Oh my!!! Yes, his actions can be traced. This link might help ya: http://www.justice.gov/actioncenter/crime.html ... I hope so, anyway.
habee, I'd like to talk to you about something totally off subject. Would it be alright with you if I contact you from your profile?
i agree with all the hubbers who just said that you should definitely notify hubpages about the comment and if you can, give them a copy of the statement they made to you on your hub. Another thing, I would probably recommend is to call the police. Although this could possibly be nothing more than a hoax by some teenage kid with too much time on his hands, it's still worth looking into. This way you can take legal action against this man before any harm can come to your grand kids. anyways, i hope that helps.
HB staff knows the IP address of that user i guess. It can be track.
i know you reported him to HP, which is good. but me, i would take it a step farther and post their comment and reply, addressing him (or her) with their IP address. exposure is the best way to deal with creeps like this, i have found. and since he or she posted a threat to your grandchildren, this could be considered criminal behavior and they could get into more trouble than just a banishment from HubPages.
I just did a quick google on one of our Canadian Friends here http://ip-address-lookup-v4.com/lookup and this is what info I got
Country Canada Canada
Country Code CA
When I rolled over the name in blue, I got:
<email address snipped>
http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&a … p;gs_rfai=
Does that help at all?
There must be 1000s if not millions of Shauns out there, b.1985.
Its just a name.
You'd be surprised what you can find out about a person through a username and seemingly innocent information...
I guess your right, too many shauns out there, it could be anyone of them. I'd quickly forget about his attack unless he makes it a regular thing.
Wow the photo of him on Twitter is quite dorky. Such a small minded little boy.
Which one of your hubs would have provoked him to write such harsh comments or was it just a random attack?
Don't let him upset you. The internet is full of punks like this who haven't got a working brain cell. Just delete and put him out of your mind.
Its not some mad stalker, its just a daft wee boy (or girl) who gets his kicks out of frightening strangers.
Habee, you should definitely report to HP. They may be able to help you or get a general idea from what information you have.
There's really just obnoxious people in the world.
Don't forget to save a screen shot in case that person comes back later and deletes it.
Oh geez.... Did you Google his email address? His name is "supposedly" Shaun Brown, and he claims to be 24 years old, and living with a girl with a 4 year old daughter that he fantasizes about??? SICKO with a capital S!!!
Habee, I would expect it to be a random attack and nothing more. Nevertheless it would pay to find out all you can, possibly including police involvement.
googling ymail.com I found a website that includes the phrase:
"Trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy and child safety of this site is excellent" - it just might be possible that they would verify if the person lives anywhere near you. (bold added by me)
Certainly you can watch future comments for any additional such things, and I would expect authorities to be more amenable to helping you if it happens again.
I assume you did not approve the comment, but it might be best not to deny it either - I'm not sure what happens to a denied comment. Does it disappear or remain available for approval?
I'm sorry this happened Habee. I know it probably scared you a little bit. That is exactly what he wanted. I would just notify hubpages and then just try to forget it. (hugs)
It really didn't scare me so much - it made me mad and incredibly ill. I wish I could get my hands on the little prick. I'd show him some Southern justice!
I will not share this event with my son-in-law. He would hunt the guy down somehow and kill him with his bare hands. I'm not kidding. He's put guys in the hospital before for messing with his family. He's a good man, but he's somewhat of a redneck. I wouldn't kill the sicko, but I'd be sure he remembered me.
Look pals, I'm a very easy going person...until someone messes with my kids or grandchildren!
I feel the same way, Habee. I'd go berserk if somebody hurt one of my grandbabies!
Good, donotfear. I'd like to think I'm not the only mama or papa bear here!
Ha! Thanks, Irohner! That's me - I just wear my hair a little differently now.
Guys, I appreciate all of your support! I forwarded the comment to the HP team. When I ran across the comment, I was going quickly through hubs and comments, and I'm not even sure now which hub it was. Obviously, it was one that had pics of my grandchildren.
It's sad that it's come to this point, but this is why most people recommend you don't publish photos of children.
Some people say, "but I've always shown my photos around freely" - but before the internet, how many people did that involve, really? Even with a wide circle of friends, it wasn't that many. The chances of one of them being a predator was fairly small.
Nowadays we happily publish photos on sites where they're going to be seen by millions. Out of that number, there's bound to be a fair share of sickos.
We've just shown how easy it is to find out a lot about a person from a small amount of information. Habee, have you thought about how easy it would be for that man to track down your grandkids from the information you make public? Could he work out where you live?
I'm not saying he would. The kind who make public statements like that probably wouldn't. It's the ones who say nothing but scheme in the background that I'd be worried about.
Did he say enough to know if he speaks english well? Just going on something that happened to me. I'm sorry this happened and with all the sneaky ways to reroute things is just crazy. I know what u mean by the box and arrow thing. Maybe hubpages will know why some people have that. That's sketchy and these jerks need to stop.
If that link was him there's plenty to go on. He's all over the web. Lying and things but there's a lot to be able to really track him down. It dates way back as well and others are recent. I suppose if you have a loon doing stuff like that, he's a perfect one since there's so much info. People can be so odd. Not sure how u found his screen name but if that's the one he's been using it too long for his own good. Very strange. Its like he wants he be caught. I'm just confused how u got to him if it was a first and last name but if that's him he extremely odd saying something like that with such a trail. He is def mad at people for some reason like others made his life this way. Creepy.
that's terrible, habee. and those girls are cuties.
sadly, like Marisa says, I think that's the risk in posting personal pics online.
anyone can see them. and as much as we don't like to acknowledge it, I think we would be startled to know how many pedophiles are searching this moment for pics to copy and paste into their files.
It's just so difficlut for me to wrap my mind around the fact that there are people who are this evil. I guess I'm somewhat naive and like to think the best of humanity. At the same time, I refuse to live in constant fear.
Habee, like I said, that's a common answer to advice about being careful - "why should I live in fear?"
But twenty years ago, no one went publishing all their kids' photos in the newspapers, did they? Just because you can publish them now, doesn't mean you should. We all have responsibility for safeguarding our own privacy.
I know what you mean, Habee. I live in CT, and I remember when my oldest started college in Florida. Near the end of the first semester, she called and we chatted. Towards the end of the conversation, she casually mentioned that she had lost her wallet earlier in the day when she was bringing in groceries from her car--a wallet with her social security card, credit card that I had given her and debit cards.
In the town we live in, if that had happened, someone would have turned the wallet in with everything intact, and that's how she perceived the rest of the world was. Well, identity stolen, credit cards hit and bank account wiped out--she had a real wake-up call. Sometimes it just takes something like this happening to make us open our eyes.
It has been three since you told us about this guy. Have you heard anything from Hubpages or the police that can put your mind at ease?
habee, I know what you're saying. it's sad to think there are so many bad people, but there are. and they look normal, but they have sick, terrible intentions.
I don't think it has to be living in fear, just being careful, especially when it comes to our kids.
I hope you can get it traced.
What a bastard, truly.
Hope he gets his is all I can say.
Sorry Habee it happened to you.
I just read this article in the NYT about how people can track where you live by the geotags on your pics (unseen by a viewer) if you used any device with GPS capabilities, ie. smartphones and some digital cameras. you can turn the function off which is a good idea if you're posting personal pics frequently online.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/12/techn … ef=general
I came in a bit late to this conversation, but it sounds like there was "personal" information left by this individual and also rather disturbing profiles left on other accounts he "uses" on other services.
My guess is that this is not the individual that is trolling - it is probably person X who doesn't like person Y (the "poster") and wants to mess around with him. Most trolls wouldn't use their own name, and wouldn't post creepy profiles using their name either.
I've seen your (the original poster) name come up as a featured author on the first page of Hubpages - I'm guessing you weren't picked for any personal reason, but simply due to the fact that your account/hubpages are popular and (presumably) well trafficked.
Off hand, I wouldn't worry about it - I doubt that it was personally directed at you (although it is creepy).
Habee, I am so sorry that happened to you and I would be upset also. Forwarding it to the "webmasters" was smart as they may have methods the average person wouldn't know. My son is a computer programmer with a high security clearance and could probably track the source if anything else happens.
There is a way of tracking. Beside the comment is an ip address. Copy and paste this into google and it will show you were the internet provider is situated. Get in touch with them and he will have his internet cut for being indecent.
Hope this helps x
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