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A LITTLE afraid now....

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I received this card in the mail today, and it's pretty clear that it's
not a nutter or anything, but it's very worrying; where did this person
get my address from is the major concern I have... Well, Ill be keeping
the cash in case fingerprinting ever becomes necessary, but for now I'll
just remain quietly concerned...

daz says:

My guess would be they got your address from a whois query on one of your domains?

Still seems creepy and stalkerish.

30th Jul 2005, 11:07

Helen says:



30th Jul 2005, 11:09

alfie says:

whois on my domains gives an old address, so its not that...

30th Jul 2005, 11:16

alfie says:

I might add though that it is touching if their intentions are as honorable and well intentioned as they seem.

30th Jul 2005, 11:17

Of my God Alf... what's with the arab money as well? And what exactly does "take the north east tour" mean?

30th Jul 2005, 12:00

alfie says:

Its a tour of India, the money is from Oman :)

30th Jul 2005, 12:34

crickson says:

Well, I wish people sent me money! Dollars for preference, in this crazy world.

30th Jul 2005, 15:24

bronxelf says:

You've been seeing a lot of people at your house lately. All it would take is one single person tell their friend who happens to be backpacking arcross India or whatever it is. Most people are really not very hard to track down, given degrees of separation and all that.

30th Jul 2005, 15:55

crickson says:

...and yet Lord Lucan still evades us : )

30th Jul 2005, 15:58

neel says:

One day he'll return...

31st Jul 2005, 11:46

bronxelf says:

It's really *not* hard to find anyone these days. Trust me on this one. Someone who knows what they're doing can find pretty much anyone** in ten minutes time with a fast net connection.

** who isn't *actively* trying to hide themselves.

1st Aug 2005, 20:29

crickson says:

Bronxelf> Ok, (i might regret this, but...) where do I live?

1st Aug 2005, 22:40

beth says:

i should think it's a bit harder if they don't actually know your full name.. whereas everyone knows AFD.

2nd Aug 2005, 21:28

bronxelf says:

Crickson-- would you like me to reply to this via email.... :)

My point really, was that unless someone is actively hiding, this has become super easy, particularly if that person has an online presence. Alfie has never hidden his identity-- he uses his first and last name even on his own blog on the main page. Although a whois might not grab his current address, any decent search of the net will find it *somewhere* or will find people who know it and can be contacted. I don't know how public records searches work in the UK but you can find pretty much anyone in the US without much difficulty if you know how to search. Even a search of moblog will come up with Alfie's middle name to narrow the search.

Anyway, all Im saying is that this is not a big mystery. Most people aren't hard to find in the first place. :)

2nd Aug 2005, 21:55

alfie says:

my dear girl, I CHALLENGE you to find my current address online mate - if I cant... ;)

2nd Aug 2005, 22:03

bronxelf says:

You're on. But again, even if I can't find it? Finding someone who *knows* it is really quite simple and with as many people as youve seen lately? Even simpler.

2nd Aug 2005, 22:08

alfie says:

right, so your saying that it's unlikely to be found online and it was obtained through co-ercion? Well that sets my mind RIGHT at ease ;)

2nd Aug 2005, 22:09

Adam says:

Social engineering is a very useful tool. Especially if someone has been on the news alot.

2nd Aug 2005, 22:13

alfie says:

I Know, but still, we dont need to broadcast these techniques to the now listening public now do we.

Gah. Teh weird.

but still!! What a great thought from someone eh?

2nd Aug 2005, 22:15

bronxelf says:

No no... silly person. No coercion needed. :) Just simple asking usually *works*.. Most people are pretty easy to get information from.

And besides, it's been ten minutes? I've already gotten to a point where If I *were* looking for you? I'd have tracked you to London (easy) and to where in London (not *quite* as easy), and and would now be simply tracking your street address.

If you want me to put a person who has expertise in this thing on it I will.... ;)


2nd Aug 2005, 22:15

bronxelf says:

What Adam said. :)

It's just not difficult stuff, is all.

(no Im not going to discuss techniques here... duh.)

2nd Aug 2005, 22:17

beth says:

heh..i've already tried to stalk alfie onlline for his address.. i failed.. and ended up asking a friendly moblogger :)

2nd Aug 2005, 22:18

Adam says:

This could be a new competition, "Find AFD"

2nd Aug 2005, 22:18

bronxelf says:

well shit I should win that one straight out for the sneakers.

2nd Aug 2005, 22:19

crickson says:

And I thought ID cards would be a threat to my privacy...

3rd Aug 2005, 12:59

GregErin says:

I see you got my card...

Just kidding.

3rd Aug 2005, 21:35