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Warning!!! Everyone needs to read this!!!

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ikester7579

Guest
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I got this e-mail the other day. I think everyone should read this and pass it on. You just may save a life! True story!!!

Subject: children, parents, grandparents, friends - beware - this is scary

Shannon could hear the footsteps behind her as she walked toward home. The thought of being followed made her heart beat faster. "You're being silly," she told herself, "no one is following you." To be safe, she began to walk faster, but the footsteps kept up with her pace. She was afraid to look back and she was glad she was almost home.

Shannon said a quick prayer, "God please get me home safe." She saw the porch light burning and ran the rest of the way to her house. Once inside, she leaned against the door for a moment, relieved to be in the safety of her home. She glanced out the window to see if anyone was there. The sidewalk was empty. After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get on-line.

She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on. She sent him an instant message:

ByAngel213: Hi I'm glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home today. It was really weird!

GoTo123: LOL You watch too much TV. Why would someone be following you? Don't you live in a safe neighborhood?

ByAngel213: Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination cuz' I didn't see anybody when I looked out.

GoTo123: Unless you gave your name out on-line. You haven't done that have you?

ByAngel213: Of course not. I'm not stupid you know.

GoTo123: Did you have a softball game after school today?

ByAngel213: Yes and we won!!

GoTo123: That's great! Who did you play?

ByAngel213: We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are so gross! They look like bees. LOL

GoTo123: What is your team called?

ByAngel213: We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are really kewl.

GoTo123: Did you pitch?

ByAngel213: No I play second base. I got to go. My homework has to be done before my parents get home. I don't want them mad at me. Bye!

GoTo123: Catch you later. Bye

Meanwhile......

GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her profile. When it came up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen and began to write down what he knew about Angel so far.

Her name: Shannon

Birthday: Jan. 3, 1985

Age:13

State where she lived: North Carolina

Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall.

Besides this information, he knew she lived in Canton because she had just told him. He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 p.m. every afternoon until her parents came home from work. He knew she played softball on Thursday afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cats. Her
favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she was in the seventh grade at the Canton Junior High School. She had told him all this in the conversations they had on-line. He had enough information to find her now.

Shannon didn't tell her parents about the incident on the way home from the ball park that day. She didn't want them to make a scene and stop her from walking home from the softball games. Parents were always overreacting and hers were the worst. It made her wish she was not an only child. Maybe if she had brothers and sisters, her parents wouldn't be so overprotective.

By Thursday, Shannon had forgotten about the footsteps following her. Her game was in full swing when suddenly she felt someone staring at her.

It was then that the memory came back. She glanced up from her second base position to see a man watching her closely. He was leaning against the fence
behind first base and he smiled when she looked at him. He didn't look scary and she quickly dismissed the fear she had felt.

After the game, he sat on a bleacher while she talked to the coach. She noticed his smile once again as she walked past him. He nodded and she smiled back. He noticed her name on the back of her shirt He knew he had found her. Quietly, he walked a safe distance behind her. It was only a few blocks to Shannon's home, and once he saw where she lived he quickly returned to the park to get his car.
Now he had to wait. He decided to get a bite to eat until the time came to go to Shannon's house. He drove to a fast food restaurant and sat there until time to make his move.

Shannon was in her room later that evening when she heard voices in the living room. "Shannon, come here," her father called. He sounded upset and she couldn't imagine why. She went into the room to see the man from the ballpark sitting on the sofa.

"Sit down," her father began, "this man has just told us a most interesting story about you." Shannon moved cautiously to a chair across from the man.

How could he tell her parents anything? She had never seen him before today! "Do you know who I am, Shannon?" The man asked.

No," Shannon answered.

"I am a police officer and your online friend, GoTo123."

Shannon was stunned. "That's impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! He's 14 and he lives in Michigan!"

The man smiled. "I know I told you all that, but it wasn't true. You see, Shannon, there are people on-line who pretend to be kids; I was one of them. But while others do it to find kids and hurt them, I belong to a group of parents who do it to protect kids from predators. I came here to find you to teach you how dangerous it is to give out too much information to people on-line. You told me enough about
yourself to make it easy for me to find you. Your name, the school you went to, the name of your ball team and the position you played. The number and name on
your jersey just made finding you a breeze."

Shannon was stunned. "You mean you don't live in Michigan?"

He laughed. "No, I live in Raleigh. It made you feel safe to think I was so far away, didn't it?"

She nodded.

"I had a friend whose daughter was like you. Only she wasn't as lucky. The guy found her and murdered her while she was home alone. Kids are taught not to tell anyone when they are alone, yet they do it all the time on-line. The wrong people trick you into giving out information a little here and there on-line. Before you know it, you have told them enough for them to find you without even realizing you have done it. I hope you've learned a lesson from this and won't do it again."

"I won't," Shannon promised solemnly.

"Will you tell others about this so they will be safe too?"

"It's a promise!"

That night Shannon and her dad and Mom all knelt down together and prayed. They thanked God for protecting Shannon from what could have been a tragic situation.
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Please send this to as many people as you can to teach them not to give any information about themselves. This world we live in today is too dangerous to even give out your age, let alone anything else.

EVEN FORWARD THIS TO PEOPLE WITHOUT KIDS SO THEY CAN SEND IT TO FRIENDS
 
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ikester7579

Guest
#4
Hmm? Did not expect a response like this. Guess no one knows how often it goes on. And how many kids are killed by these perverts every year. You'd be surprised. O well guess pc's are more important than kids. I'll remember not to post anything that has a human concern here. Thanx for your responses, I have been enlighten about this web site.
 

Electronic Punk

willalwaysbewithyou
Staff member
Political User
#6
2 kids are missing in the UK at the moment, have been for a week, its believed that they have been abducted. One of the possibilities is that they were talking to someone online.. as the police believe that at least one of the girls must have known the abductor.
 
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RA|N

Guest
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As i see it, the "danger" with internet communities, are much less dangerous then walking around at day, yes, there are acouple of times people have met people from internet, met them irl, and got hurt, but what if you walk around at day, exacly the same, people just need to know where not to walk, so to say, not to set a meeting with anyone. Everyone starts to shout about it recently, i think its all bull, people do what they do, if they get hurt, maybe they should be more careful, just because some people are stupid everyone else shouldnt be affected 0_o

PEOPLE ARE STUPID
 

Electronic Punk

willalwaysbewithyou
Staff member
Political User
#8
Perhaps over there, these girls were taken from a very close knit community and there dissapearance has effected the entire country, well those that do get affected.
 
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hewee

Guest
#10
While this is not a true story, it does give out some very important info in the following article about its origin.

http://members.aol.com/teenfocus/shannon.html

Origins: Though the preceding tale is related on a number of web sites as a true story, it's not. Written by two Christians concerned about
the danger unwittingly presented by young people giving out too much personal information online, this cautionary tale first surfaced on the
Internet in January 1998.

The authors very clearly stated the Shannon story was not true, but that part of the e-mail was seemingly lost in the first volley of
forwards. Perhaps people were so enthralled with story itself they forgot to include the rest of the information given by the authors, which
included their reasons for writing the parable and an 8-point list of good suggestions kids would do well to adhere to in the world of
cyberspace:

1. Never tell anyone your full name, address, phone number, city or any other personal information about yourself or your family.

2. Watch what you put on your profile. Don't put your date of birth, especially the year. Remember you are not required to put any
information on the profile you don't want to.

3. If anyone IM's you or e-mails you and asks where you go to school, where you live or any other personal questions you don't feel
comfortable with, do not hesitate to say, "I'm sorry, I don't give out personal information" or "My parents have asked me not to tell that."

4. If someone sends you a e-mail form with personal information about themselves on it and suggests you fill one out just like it, be alerted
and don't do it. Who knows to where and to whom it will be forwarded!

5. If you go into chat rooms and anyone pressures you to talk to them, won't leave you alone or asks for personal information, leave the
room immediately!

6. If you ever get suggestive, angry or abusive messages tell your parents at once and contact the Internet provider you use and seek
assistance.

7. Don't respond to e-mail from people you don't know. If you believe you've received something strange, tell your parents.

8. Never agree to meet anyone face-to-face that you have talked with online.
 
#13
Originally posted by Electronic Punk
2 kids are missing in the UK at the moment, have been for a week, its believed that they have been abducted. One of the possibilities is that they were talking to someone online.. as the police believe that at least one of the girls must have known the abductor.
One other (very likely) possibility is that they were playing in a park or playground where pervs could see them, fantasize about them and abduct them. Parks and playgrounds are dangerous! ;)

Saying that online chats are dangerous is to go too far. If you want to abduct someone there are many easier ways. Besides, it requires luck to find someone gullible in a chat room that lives near you.
 

Tabula Rasa

Stranger Than Kindness
Political User
#15
Nevermind the very important subject for a minute, but my dog can write better - if you'r trying to appeal to a pearsons mind write briefly if you'r trying to appeal to the heart write better.

O yeh if I go for a walk about 2000km of my house I'l get abducted stoned and left to bleed in a cave - there are many ways to die, Internet is not one of them.
 

DrMetallica

OSNN Senior Addict
#16
man i those crap emails. its usally written by chruch freaks or girls (kind of the same thing).

i get tons of those spam emails from my ex girlfriend.

here is an example.

Date: Thu Jul 18 17:38:17 PDT 2002
Subject: TO YOU - FROM ME

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DrMetallica

OSNN Senior Addict
#17
i also get personality tests and a bunch of other stuff i would be better off not downloading. i wish i could show some of the more laughable stuff, but i deleted that crap as soon as i saw who it was from
 

freightgod

Confused and Bewildered
#19
Originally posted by Benny
Nevermind the very important subject for a minute, but my dog can write better - if you'r trying to appeal to a pearsons mind write briefly if you'r trying to appeal to the heart write better.
My dog can spell better :)
 

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