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    A must read for all who have children

    I know this is one of those e-mails that everyone will probably receive at one time or another but I feel that it's important.



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    EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ ALL OF THIS and HAVE YOUR CHILDREN READ IT TOO!


    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 cool.

    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. Bes ides 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 eighth 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 ballpark 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 a nd 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 sudden 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 sat back. 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 injure 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 talk to people on-line. You told me enough about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. You named 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. Tell others about this so they will be safe too?"

    "It's a promise!"

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    not to take a way from a very good lesson,

    but the lesson I always teach... believe NOTHING you read on the internet.

    from snopes.com

    http://www.snopes.com/horrors/parental/shannon.asp
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey Metalhead
    but the lesson I always teach... believe NOTHING you read on the internet.
    X2...
    99.6% of these panic emails are bogus, but continue to flood people's inboxes on a daily basis... The other night my wife was telling my mother this story going around her office, and as she was going through the seriousness of it all, I was visiting Snopes and by the time she was done, I told her the ending before she could and showed her that it was a fake story from 2002... Needless to say, I almost slept on the couch that night...
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod
    X2...
    99.6% of these panic emails are bogus, but continue to flood people's inboxes on a daily basis... The other night my wife was telling my mother this story going around her office, and as she was going through the seriousness of it all, I was visiting Snopes and by the time she was done, I told her the ending before she could and showed her that it was a fake story from 2002... Needless to say, I almost slept on the couch that night...

    I know the feeling, my office hates that I use snopes.com because I have debunked 100% of the cute/odd stories they have sent me.

    the latest was the tiger that raised orphaned pigs... turned out it was a circus act.
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    Although the story's bogus, I think that in this case I'd give it a pass. Nothing wrong with new fables to scare kids into using common sense, or instilling it. People let their guard down at home, and while they won't let a stranger just walk inot their house they'll do it virtually and via the phone.

    True story:

    My mother get's a phone call while I'm in the other room writing. I can tell it's a telemarketer of some kind from this end of the conversation. It involves the phone company. The person on the other end is a professional scam artist and before I know it my mother gets up to go fish out her check-card so she can give to the woman. I stop her and ask her what she's doing? She explains that it's the phone company and they want to add me to a special program.

    I tell her that if it's the phone company then they already have her billing information on file. So I get on the phone and ask why they need a credit card number and the woman hems and haws and I hang up. I felt bad for my mother, she's getting older and she's been victimized by magazine subscription-scammers already. She was really embarassed because she should have known better.

    Few 13 year olds have been around the block so they don't understand personal security.
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    This story may be false, but I saw something similar to this on TV, they had a cop bag a couple of girls just like this in CT, maybe. The kids were talking about how safe they were being, then they showed all of the stupid mistakes they made that added up to an easy ID. This cop tracked them down like nothing. Pretty eye-opening.

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    I dunno, if a person is winded up with the idea of killing a girl - he'd just go straight to that softball game, pick a random one and just follow her in the evening. Then again, lots of internet girls mask waaay better than a cop would ever think of.

    I wonder if feds read this board btw. Hey dudes! *points at himself* I've got a lobby full of AK-47! And my IP is 123.45.67.890
    *whistles*

 

 

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