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True story about trusting what you read online

PostPosted: December 22nd, 2013, 3:51 pm
by emmie.s
I used to belong to a birth board, which was an online forum where moms (and a few dads) could post stuff about pregnancy, babies, etc. As with any online forum, it had its fair share of drama. I thought I'd share one of the more crazier instances.
There was one user who had been there from the start, and like the rest of us she posted stuff about her pregnancy, the birth of her son, his babyhood and then his diagnoses with some sort of rare childhood cancer. She gave us updates and photos of his cancer treatments, shared really in-depth medical stuff with us (she did her homework), and we all mourned deeply for her when she posted in great heartbreaking detail of his passing. But here's the kicker: she made all of it up! She even had "friends" on the board who verified they had met her in person, and that her story was real. Turns out they were all her, and she created different profiles for this purpose of backing up her lies.
This is how she got caught: she had posted pictures of her "son" and one board member recognized them as a friend's very healthy and alive son on Facebook. The other user who recognized the pics brought this up with I guess the board admins and somehow they could tell from her IP address that she had registered more than one user from her computer (the other users were "friends" who said her story' was legit and they knew her in real life, but we're actually her).
When confronted, she at first denied, but finally gave some obscure excuse as to why she did what she did. She didn't do It for money, and believe me many of us on the birth board tried to set up a memorial fund for her fake son before we caught her, but she wouldn't let us. She admitted that she fooled us all because she was lonely, mentally unwell, and needed attention. I was at first angry because I would pray constantly for this child that didn't exist, but then I felt very sorry for the faker.
Why am I sharing this story? Not because I think anyone on this board is anything but 100% legit, but it's other places with stories on the internet that I'm not so sure of. At any rate, it doesn't matter too much. I just wanted to share that outrageous story which shows you can't always believe everything you read on the internet!

Re: True story about trusting what you read online

PostPosted: December 23rd, 2013, 3:11 am
by Yuliasir
holy crap awfull story from all sides of view...

We had several similar stories in Russian fundraising boards and sites trying to help children with cancer, but it was a bot even worse - those people managed to raise funds for non-existing childern dying from non-existing cancer :(((( can not even express how much it spoiled the idea of public help and charity... and how cautious should the people be now...

Re: True story about trusting what you read online

PostPosted: December 23rd, 2013, 12:19 pm
by garym
emmie.s wrote:
Why am I sharing this story? Not because I think anyone on this board is anything but 100% legit, but it's other places with stories on the internet that I'm not so sure of. At any rate, it doesn't matter too much. I just wanted to share that outrageous story which shows you can't always believe everything you read on the internet!


This is a great reminder to all the members here and anywhere else on the internet.....people aren't always who they seem to be on the internet. We have had cases on this site when people have used multiple user names and identities. I can tell who they are and have banned users for this reason in the past. it's not as bad as it used to be before JohnV implemented the new sign up process. back in the day, all you had to do was sign up and start posting and some people did multiple times. we should all be careful and aware that while the access we have to all the information here is great, and all the shared experiences are invaluable, there are still some bad people out there that could have ill intentions.....so i would suggest that you not give out the combination to family safe on this or any other website :D .

take care,
gary