ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Craigslist And Cyberstalking Part 1

Updated on February 10, 2013

You can read my own personal account at

What initially sparked this article was something I read from another author on this subject. Having had personal experience with this I thought it would probably be a good idea to really shed some light on this particular issue.

Unfortunately, it isn't just craigslist who is an offender. Google groups is also a major player when it comes to cyberstalking although they have tightened up their policies and rules but there is still plenty of wiggle room for stalkers and would be stalkers. These two sites alone are veritable playgrounds for the cyberstalker. They can choose their victims on the sites simply because someone said something he/she didn't like. They may already have a victim they want to exact revenge on for some real or imagined wrong and use the site as a place to exact that revenge. Either way, depending on the person, he/she may stop at slandering or he may overstep the boundaries and wage all out war by posting the victims personal information such as name, address, phone number, email address, workplace and in some cases he may even post personal details of family members. This is what happened to me on google groups.

In almost every case, the postings are explicit. They are designed to embarass, scare and slander the victim. In many cases they are designed to send strangers to someone's home. There was a man in California(he used google groups) who decided to send strange men to a woman's home and he got caught. How much time he spent for it I don't remember. Update: I read that he got six years.

In some cases, the perpertrators do get caught especially if they do the cyberstalking from their home computer but others that do it from public computers have less chance of getting caught but they can still be caught.

The problem of cyberstalking lies not just with sites like craigslist and google groups but with discussion boards, forums, chat rooms, social media sites, correspondence with someone via a personals ad site or just about anywhere where interaction can occur. All it takes is one person who becomes obsessed(either infatuation or revenge) for stalking behavior to take off. In some instances though the obsession doesn't start online but rather offline and takes the turn online when the avenger decides to get even with the person by posting fake ads or other fake postings in the victims name. This is often after the victim tells the perpertrator to stop all communication or is ignoring the stalker.

In many instances, online stalking never goes beyond the internet but it can so it is wise for anyone who is being stalked online to give it the credence it deserves and understand that even if you don't think the person will be dangerous, the stalker can become violent with the right provocation. And provocation for them can mean being ignored after sending multiple emails, instant messages, etc. I don't recommend having any communication with the stalker but rather if you are getting threatening messages to go to the police. Whether they can do anything is another matter but the report will be on file and most certainly take all messages and show them to the police.

When using any online site especially sites like craigslist and google groups remember that much of your personal information is right there for the asking. With google groups, if you use the account associated with your google profile and you've filled out your profile then all anyone on google groups has to do is look you up and find out where you live, your friends, see your photos and whatever other information you've posted about yourself such as if you have a blog, a website, where you work, the sites you like online, etc. And even if you post nothing on your profile other than your name all a savvy stalker has to do is look up your ip address and find out what city you live in. From there he can google you, look on facebook, myspace, twitter and any number of other social media sites for your profile and information about you. From experience using facebook and other social media websites everything about you is there from where you live to where you work to who your friends and family are. It's right there for the whole world to see and it seems that no one is really concerned about this new way of life where privacy went out like the baby went out with the bathwater. It should be no surprise though, privacy has fast been disappearing for decades now. And every year our government is inventing new ways to spy on it's citizens and peel back the curtain.

Almost every tidbit of information about people is right on the internet if you know how to find it. The amazing part is that a person doesn't have to ever use a computer for much of their personal information to be accessible.

A stalker who wants to know who Jane Doe is need do anything more than search for her on google, bing, etc., to begin with, then go to social media sites on to public records to net an address if he didn't already find it on whitepages.

Of course privacy is not what it used to be but there are ways you can protect yourself from prying eyes. I will go into that in the next article.

To read Craigslist And Cyberstalking Part 2 go to

To read Craigslist And Cyberstalking Part 3 go to

To read about the different types of stalkers go to


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)