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Ultimate Geek

# 248229 15-Mar-2019 15:31
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I don't know where to post this, so I'll try here...


I think I might have a stalker online.......


My wife & I have a trade me account and we have a joint facebook page (it's in my name but she uses it more than me)


I spend quite a bit of time on Trade me and on the trade me message boards in particular


on Wednesday evening wife & I noticed someone burying rubbish at the beach (long story) and council were called about it - wife posted about it on Facebook, local ratepayers assoc website and I posted it on Neighbourly... it actually ended up on the NZ herald website (another long story)


anyway earlier today I was on the trade me message board and someone had quoted one of my posts and replied 'at least you didn't bury them at the beach'


Now I don't know this person on the message board - their profile says they live in Wellington... I am puzzled as to how they know anything about the story of the man burying rubbish at the beach - they are not friends on facebook and they wouldn't know my real name - although my Trade me profile says XXX and XXX (our first names) North Shore Auckland.


I think this person on trade me message boards is somehow stalking me and has found out my full name - how else could they have found out about the man burying rubbish on the beach if I didn't post that story on Trade me message boards?




I am completely perplexed about this - and I am more than a little concerned


anyone got any ideas as to how this person would have found out about the burying rubbish at the beach story and connected it to me on the trade me message board?



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Uber Geek

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  # 2198818 15-Mar-2019 15:34
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I saw that story about the rubbish getting buried what a piece of crap this person is

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Ultimate Geek
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  # 2198825 15-Mar-2019 15:42
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Pretty easy Google search if you're re-used usernames, attached your real name to profile info, or listed services, vehicles or real estate on TradeMe with your contact details.


I don't think it's too uncommon for tech savvy people to do a quick google search on people to see who they're talking too...


On the face of it I wouldn't go so far as to say "stalking"... maybe a bit of trolling... (or maybe just a coincidence?)


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Ultimate Geek
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  # 2198830 15-Mar-2019 15:52
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BTW it took all of 2min to find your ("cupcake...") TM account, M&N Facebook etc etc just from the info you've provided...


PS: I'm not your stalker...




If you're concerned about this I'd recommend remove you full name from your Geekzone profile, submit a request to change the profile name on your TradeMe account to just one of your names and set your Facebook permissions so only your friends can view your posts.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2198882 15-Mar-2019 16:51
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Yeah, it can be surprisingly easy to join a few pieces of someones online presence (Facebook, LinkedIn etc) together to get a pretty accurate background of someone.


Case in point, I recently was purchasing a car privately that was flagged as having a security interest. I wanted to verify this, so a 5 min sign-up to a publicly available Government service, and a few bucks later, and I had more details about this person than I would feel comfortable people being able to easily find about me. This service requires verification through, so at least you are being monitored, but still.

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