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Linked-In Protects a Stalker

September 18, 2014

stalking

Since 2008, my wife and I have been pursued by a stalker. He’s called our employers, colleagues, schools and anyone else he could talk to and spread slander about us. These calls caused our family direct harm in a few ways. We only discovered this in 2012 after several years of “mystery callers” to our contacts. It’s a long story, but it’s not for this blog. (If anyone is interested, the court filings are a matter of public record.)

What I want to write about is how hard it is to get the authorities to take these crimes seriously and how even private companies protect evildoers for the sake of the privacy (of the criminal).

Although we tried, no one at the police took our claims seriously. A violated restraining order was put in front of the courts and the judge dismissed it on a technicality she herself created.

But, that’s the public system. Those police have to fight murderers and rapists every day. The courts see all kinds of crazy things. So, when people accuse a man of stalking them via telephone calls, I understand that nobody really cares that the law is violated. It isn’t right; but its reality.

I didn’t expect Linked-In to take such a pro- stalker approach. I would think they would want to protect their real members from harm. But, maybe they are just asleep at the switch?

Here’s what happened:

On the same day, my wife and I received invitations to “Link-In” with someone named Green that works at Shell in Whitewater, Wisconsin. “Mr. Green” had attended a University in Aberdeen in the UK. The requests were kind of strange because neither I nor my wife have ever studied in the UK, nor been to Wisconsin, nor worked in the Petroleum industry. We had already discovered that our stalker has previously used Linked-In to try to “link” with other family members and friends through various sources, attempting to use those connections to gather employment and personal information about us. He uses various personas, races, pictures, connections to do so.

I contacted Linked-In, told them the story in brief and asked them to reveal the email address of “Mr. Green”. They declined because they could violate HIS privacy. He reached out to me and my wife in the same day- not us to him. We strongly suspect a stalker and HIS privacy is inviolate.

To Linked-In’s credit they did respond with some ways that I could block “Mr. Green” from contacting me again. And, they gave me a chance to make a “formal request”- whatever that means. Of course, these are totally unhelpful to me, as our “Mr. Green” will simply create a new persona, picture, background, fake Linked-In profile and try again. But at least somebody at Linked-In feels they are protecting their members, but perhaps not the right ones.

Avrum Aaron, Esq. is the COO of Legal Outsourcing Partners, LLC. (www.lop-llc.com). He can be reached at avrum@lop-llc.com.

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