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Cyber Stalking Facts

Cyberstalking is a recent form of criminal behavior involving persistent threats or unwanted attention using the Internet and other means of computer communications.

With more and more people going “online,” the opportunity to target someone on the Internet is becoming limitless. Cyberstalkers visit chat rooms, discussion forums or message boards in search of victims. The range of cyberstalking can range from aggressive and hostile email, chat room bullying, leaving abusing messages in guest books to sending e-viruses, tracing a victim’s computer and identity theft.

Like regular stalkers, cyberstalkers want to intimidate and control their victims. Cyberstalkers do it with the use of the Internet. The Internet can be used to trace the victim’s real name and address. For instance, it is remarkably easy to find out what party a victim is planning to attend and when by checking the information on a site such as Facebook.

The use of technology makes locating a victim easier than ever before. Anyone can type in certain key words into the computer which will bring up a myriad of internet datafurnishing companies that supply private records and information online, either free or for a nominal fee. The internet can do what private detectives of the past only dreamed of doing.

States are attempting to deal with this new form of criminal behavior. Early in 2009, the state of California enacted a set of new stalking laws. These laws make it a misdemeanor to publish information on the Internet which describes a teacher or his or her family or mentions where the teacher lives with the intent of having another person commit a crime against that teacher. The penalty is up to one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine. This law can also be invoked to protect people other than teachers against cyber-threats. It is now considered a misdemeanor in California to place any person in fear of his or her safety by means of Internet threats and threats using cell phones, PDAs, video recorders or pagers.

Several cases of cyberstalking have been prosecuted under California’s new cyberstalking laws. In the state’s very first case, the state prosecuted a man who used the internet to impersonate his victim, a young woman who’d spurned his attentions. Pretending to be the victim, the man posted her phone number and address and stated that she had rape fantasies she wanted fulfilled. Strange men started to show up at the victim’s apartment ready to rape her and became angry when she refused. The cyberstalker was sentenced to six years in prison.

In another case, a graduate student from the University of San Diego cyberstalked five female students for a year. He sent hundreds of threatening emails. The graduate student was arrested and sentenced to six years in prison. He told police the women were ridiculing him. The victims, in fact, had never met this man.

Prior to California’s anti-cyberstalking laws, the crime was difficult to prosecute. Deidre Des Jardins, a student at UC-Santa Cruz, started getting violet emails from her ex-boyfriend. Some threats were directed at her, others dealt with violence in general. Local law enforcement agents were unable to do anything since the act of cyberstalking had not been clearly defined as a crime. The campus police, also, were unable to act, even though the threatening emails continued for several years. Deidre was told that since some of the messages dealt with violence in general and not specifically with her, it didn’t fit the definition of cyberstalking. Her ex-boyfriend was never arrested.

Cyberstalking can evolve into real-life stalking where the victim is harassed by excessive telephone calls, vandalism, trespassing and even physical assault.

Some cyberstalkers know their victims. Others have some kind of imaginary connection to the ones they stalk. It is not unusual for a celebrity cyberstalker to become violent when his fantasy is threatened. In a recent news story, a cyberstalker sent cyberthreats to a Knox County state’s attorney because the stalker believed that the state’s attorney was interfering in his relationship with model Cheryl Tiegs. The cyberstalker was obsessed with Tiegs and had been stalking her for years. She had never met him. The relationship existed in the cyberstalker’s mind only.

Cyberstalking is a real threat. Due to limited laws, the only real defense to use caution when revealing personal information on the Internet. The less, the better.

Why Should Be One Aware of Check Scams And Scammers?

In today’s world, everyone is behind one goal, which is to make quick money. Many people do not have creative ways to make money. They are creative but in a negative sense, they do frauds and all types of swindles that one should not get involved into. People who do these types of frauds are very much aware of the rules hence they play by the law and make their own rules and system, which is unlawful. The people who suffer from these frauds often say that they did not find any type of risk with the dealings, which caused them the fraud. Thus, awareness is very important among people who want to be safe and do not want to be involved in any such scams. There are many types of swindles such as check scams.

Check scams is common nowadays due to the fact that people are not aware about the procedure, which goes on in bank and the type of check which is being issued. The only way to check is with the bank to get the correct information about the account holder and the transaction. People who do such type of swindles are scammers who know every thing about the system and ways to play with it. The important thing to note is that whenever you deal with check, always remember to check with the bank the background of the person and his/her previous transactions. This is not as easy as it looks but when you provide the bank with reasons for the same, the bank will provide you with the correct information and the type of transaction history the person holds.

One has to take care of various things while accepting checks. You should check that the amount is not above the actual cost of the merchandise that you are selling. In addition, always question the reliability of check, which has a huge amount stated on it. Now the important part comes into play, always check whether the account is in the name of the person who is providing the check, because in some cases, the check might be stolen and the signature can turn out to be fraud. Even after the clearing of check, the real owner of the account can stop the payment or after its clearing, the bank can declare the transaction as fraud.

Rip Off Report Reports a Lot of Unfair, Unjustified Ramblings of Disgruntled Consumers

And you believe this stuff. . . .?? Why??? Taken directly from the Rip off Report website: “As is our policy, we never remove reports even when they are claimed to contain defamatory statements, and even if the original author requests it.” “. . . we will never agree to remove reports, even if someone can show that a report is probable or inaccurate. Under this policy no reports are ever removed . . .”

Please consider the source when considering purchasing a product from a company that may be listed on the Rip off Report. This website is strictly a forum for ANY and ALL upset, irrational, emotionally unstable consumers to vent their frustrations. In fact, most of the complaints on this site are regretted by their posters. In a society where you can say what you want and it’s in print and out to the world before you even have a chance to think about it, the Rip off Report and any website that allows this stuff to be published and then allows it to remain published should be ashamed of itself and should be legally held accountable for its actions. Or in many cases, it’s inactions. It’s truly a shame that a company has to spend money and resources to fight the dribble from the fingers of an irate customer that has written garbage against a decent company only because a company wouldn’t give in to their ridiculous demands at what at times could be considered extortion.

OK, maybe you are thinking that the Rip off Report is innocent and just a venue for people to vent and the author should be accountable for what they publish. I would agree with this point of view, if it weren’t for one thing: The Rip off Report hides it cowardice authors behind the First Amendment. First Amendment?? You’ve got to be kidding me. Even the founding fathers saw the possibility of extortion, blackmale, slander and libel.

Why is the Rip Off Report allowed to cover up the felons behind these accusations? I know that the Rip Off Report is not the only website out there allowing this garbage to continue. However, they are the premier offender of decency and morality on the internet. And the most blatant about throwing the lack of decency laws on the internet in the faces of decent human beings and companies. When does it all stop? Perhaps when there are no decent companies out there to buy from. Or, the companies left standing must charge an outrageous price for their product because they have to constantly defend themselves against these defamatory writings.

Don’t get me wrong: I truly believe that there should be some way to keep companies honest. Everyone should have their day in court. But what kind of wild, wild west justice is it to slam a company on the internet, whether justifiable or not. There is no way for the company to face its accuser. That’s not justice. Or maybe that’s what they call justice in some countries, but not ours. So, if you have a beef with a company, work it out.

Don’t resort to the cowardice writings of babbling idiots to try to destroy a decent company that works hard to just make a living. And if you can’t work it out, there are legal and ethical ways to solve the problems you may have with a company. Understand the problem doesn’t just lie with the slamming of companies. Countless teenagers have committed suicide over the ramblings of other jealous humans that resort to cowardice slamming on the internet.

It’s a problem that needs to be resolved and it needs to be resolved now. Wake up, American legislators. Have we really evolved into a country that devalues our ethics and morals so much as not to pass laws to protect our citizens and companies? I hope and choose not to believe we have sunk so low.

3 Steps on How to Find The Best Internet Lawyer

1. GOOGLE-IT. The most common thing to do when starting up something is doing a research. Type a keyword on the search tab and eureka! You will find what you are looking for in instant. The first in the line would mean it’s reliable not unless they have someone managing their sites to top the Google search. Scan all the results to come up with the best choice. If you find an attorney who’s already written an article or done a blog post that specifically addresses your internet law issue, well, that’s a great starting point to not only educate yourself, but identify prospective attorneys who might be able to help you with your legal problem.

2. CONTACT & INTERVIEW. After finding someone you think would fit your qualifications, meet with them. See if they have handled the specific internet law issue that you’re dealing with. Do they hold themselves out as an internet lawyer? And most importantly, what is the personality match between you and the internet law attorney you’ve contacted? Personality match is huge. It is like getting married for the duration of the project, and if you’re having a hard time with the attorney on the phone, chances are you’re going to have a hard time with that lawyer once the project starts. So, find a good personality match. You yourselves have to deal with each other first. mismatches might result to another case.

3. BILLING ISSUES. When all has been settled, move on to the most important part, BILLS. Find out how that particular law firm, how that particular lawyer handles billing. What fee options do they have available, and there are numerous. Most law firms work on a retainer/hourly billing model. That means that they are going to simply request money from you, they will bill hours, you will receive a bill at the end of the two week period or month wherein you pay whatever it is the time they had into it. There is no cap, there is no guarantee as to what the cost is. Typically, people are looking for something more secure, something more defined. There are law firms, such as our own, that offer a fixed fee defined deliverable option. That means that we will tell you on your internet law project what the lawyer is going to do, exactly what the eight or ten deliverables are going to be and exactly what the fee is going to be on that project, on those deliverables. That allows you cost certainty. Attorney’s fees can be cost prohibitive, and you want to make sure you’re going to get a return on investment. Be sure that what you pay for is really worth the price.

I hope these simple steps would help you find someone who’s suitcase will really solve your case. Best of Luck!