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Internet Knight
By Flying Fox AKA Ted L Glines
Monday, April 07, 2008

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This is a true story. Details have not been altered to protect the predator.

Internet Knight
by Ted L Glines

A few weeks ago, a lady named Shelly from Montego Bay, Jamaica, wrote an “I Need Help” request to the good folks at ( Shelly had met a man named Edward on an Instant Message site. He was nice and he sent her an attractive photo. They talked a lot on IM, email, and telephone. Edward was an artist who lived in southern California, but he traveled a lot to Idaho and Texas. Shelly shared her life in Jamaica. It was a developing Internet love story and they became engaged to be married.

Internet relationships happen all the time and, mostly, such relationships work out beautifully. I met Patty on the Internet years ago and our love grows with each passing day. But sometimes, something goes very badly wrong.

Across time and many communications, Shelly began to sense that Edward was not what he pretended to be, and she broke off their engagement. Suddenly, Edward attacked Shelly with pornographic emails, threatening phone calls, and ... here is what Edward did, in Shelly's own words:

“My  computer  was hacked by this man. All my contact email addresses were copied,  so  were all my conversations with friends. This began about  the 20th of  november 2007. First it was harassing calls, then the  emails started. He has  harassed everyone on my mailing list both  by phone and email since last year. He  has even been sending these  emails to others I dont know." Also defamation details: "In the emails, he comments that I sleep with many men  to  get gifts for me and my daughter. Nude pictures are included which he  says are  pictures of me (pics are not me). He also sends these emails to my 14  yrs old daughter's email address. He has posted my home  address,  my phone numbers, my mother's number, my daughter's number, and my work address,  plus he sends these emails to my job although he has been told  to desist from  doing so. He has called most all my friends on  numerous occasions. Now  people who I don't even know keep calling my numbers and  calling  my friends also. He has sent emails to my friend's place of work  on  numerous occasions, trying to get them fired from their jobs. He  has emailed one of  my friend's company, telling them that he uses  his corporate credit card to  entertain prostitutes. All these  statements were made online to a lot of people,  most of whom I have  no idea who they are, and also to my friends  online.”

A HaltAbuse case-worker received copies of the offending emails from Shelly. They were fully as bad as she said. Shelly was taught how to get the full header on these emails, thus revealing the following information about Edward:

Name Used: Melville Honest
Verizon Login:
honestme2001. login

Based upon this, a complaint was filed by the case-worker with both Yahoo and Verizon. They were sent copies of the pornographic and threatening emails, along with the full headers. However, and this does not often happen, Yahoo responded “After investigation, we have determined that this email message did not originate from the Yahoo! Mail system.  It appears that the sender of this message forged the header information to give the impression that it came from the Yahoo! Mail system.”

“Edward” was proving smarter than your average abuser. He had found a way to alter the header on his emails to make it appear the way the case-worker saw it. Sort of like a wolf wearing sheep's clothing. This is not difficult to accomplish. The case-worker found several Internet sites where detailed instructions for forging SMTP headers were available to any browser; instructions which were simple and required no real hacker expertise.

So, it appeared that the case-worker was back to the starting line. “Edward” would like to believe this was true .

During his back and forth communications with Shelly, she had provided some additional information to the case-worker:

ADDRESS: P.O Box 23035
San Bernadino  CA. 92406 
PHONE NOS: 323 377 6234 & 323 377 6408

These had been the phone numbers Shelly had used to call “Edward,” and she had sent and received mail through that P.O. box. cannot normally use this type of evidence because they deal only with email hosts and Internet Service Providers.

Our case-worker felt he had a duty to Shelly. She had called for help. She needed for the predator to be stopped before his predations escalated. So, the case-worker browsed outside the box.

Why bother? Yahoo had said that the predator could not be identified. Well, this case-worker was known as “The Bulldog” for a reason. There had to be a way to stop this guy.

The case-worker found IC3 (, a Website which is a partnership between the FBI and community service agencies dealing with cyber crimes. Email harassment is illegal in California, as it is in almost every state. IC3 has a complaint form which, when it is submitted, will be reviewed and forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

In this case, the postmaster at 92406 will have a record of the person who is renting that box. Both phone numbers are cell phones. Using Advanced Search on Google, the case-worker found the Carrier to be SPRINT SPECTRUM L.P. in Burbank, CA. This Carrier will have a billing address for “Edward” and likely a true email account.

The rest is history. Shelly and her daughter and associates are at peace, and “Edward” has been given a period of time to reflect on the wages of a predator. The case-worker is smiling.

Prisons are full, largely because criminals forget the small details. And bulldogs only release their grip ... to get a better grip.


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Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 7/24/2008
I am so glad to see that online abuse and predators are being addressed. This is way more to learn and fix in this field, but at least there is a way to police it. I fear for all the children that are being taken advantage of..It is very scary and everyone should be very careful not to give away personal information on the internet.
Thank you for this informative piece,
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Mary Coe 4/17/2008
A very important write. This piece is very interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing the information.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/8/2008
Perhaps we need to resort to brutality, which seems the only way those predators understand, and start broking fingers like in the old days of eye-for-eye tooth-for-tooth, because civilization and progress only has given those vermin more sophisticated tools.
For my part, I think that the law are forgetting the victims as it treats the criminals with such leniency.

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/7/2008
thanks for this--well written
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/7/2008
Boy you touched every facet of possibilities to persue with determination a dastardly crime, I guess determination is the periphery of a bulldog, a great informative write,which most likely could help some poor person in the same delimma, well done this article, blessings! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/7/2008
You may have saved lives today with this all important write; sad that there are people who prey on the innocent, the weak, the unsuspecting! Scary! Very well penned, Ted; bravo!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/7/2008
Glad to see justice does work at times and it is so sad that people can prey on the heartstrings of the lonely. I always recommend that if people are getting serious they should at least insist on web cam conversations for they can learn so much when you see someone live.

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