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15 responses to “Repost/Crosspost: because this PSA is still needed: “Can I talk to you?” troll”

  1. tigtog

    Further to my editor note above, I will note that this troll seems to have a particular motif around problems of various kinds surrounding the choosing of prom dresses, and also around Enid Blyton novels/characters. He has used the nym “Blytonly Obvious” linked to a stub of a blog by that name on wordpress.com plagiarising the reasonably well known blog of that name on blogspot.com, for instance.

  2. Doctor Jonesy

    I was contacted by this person in September last year. Here is the fake profile – http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001553602155 (Genette Tate) – the girl in the profile picture looks very young. I wonder if she’s a minor.

    As soon as “she” started talking about the abuse, I was almost completely certain it wasn’t genuine. But just on the off-chance that it was, I responded by giving her the phone number for Lifeline, while making it clear that I was not the person to talk to about it.

    I’m fine with this being published, and I still have the messages. Would it help for me to c+p them here?

  3. Doctor Jonesy

    Since these comments are being screened, I will c+p the messages from this person just so you can confirm that the MO is the same, and you can decide if this should be unscreened or not.

    (Potential TW for talk of sexual assault)

    GT: Hi
    I saw you in the Hoyden About Town facebook group
    may i talk with you?

    Me: Sure, if you’d like. Although I don’t know how interesting I’ll be.

    GT: thanks
    I could use a female ear right now
    sorry just been crying
    i was ambushed at a party
    my two so-called best – female – friends set me up
    i was put through a lot of sexual things by guys

    Me: I’m sorry to hear that and my heart goes out to you. However, I’m not sure I’m the person to talk to about this. There are hotlines you can call. If you’re in Australia, you can call Lifeline on 131114.
    I hope you can find the help you’re looking for.

    GT: thanks
    Deborah is a pretty name by the way

  4. tigtog

    Thanks, Doctor Jonesy – that profile pic looks familiar somehow. In the past he has used pics of tween actresses.

    I’m disturbed that he found you through the Facebook group. Since we don’t get adequate notifications from Facebook about activity there, I’m wondering whether I should just lock it down to providing only updates from us, with discussion to only happen here.

  5. Doctor Jonesy

    I was surprised that he found me through your group, too. If I’m remembering right, it wasn’t too long after I discovered the page myself. I think your idea seems like a good one – even if it’s just to make it easier to keep track of comments.

    Anyway, thank you for posting this – as soon as I read it, I remembered this incident. I’ve now reported the profile as being fake (although I won’t be holding my breath for facebook to actually do anything about it).

  6. Doctor Jonesy

    Sorry, I forgot to say this in my previous comment, but I’m pretty sure I was found via the old facebook group and not the current Hoyden About Town page. Just thought I should add that.

  7. tigtog

    This information was left in a comment that wasn’t indicated whether the author was happy to be unscreened or not, so I’ll c+p:

    Hi, He found me through brisneyland, using the lj emilyashton, pretending to be a young bullied girl, who curiously used very outdated slang, and copped unusually erudite taunts from her classmates.

  8. tigtog

    @Doctor Jonesy – the FB group has been closed for a while, but I’ve just gone back and disappeared the discussions from view. I’ve also locked down the FB page more tightly. Thanks for the heads-up.

  9. tigtog

    Another comment from Saturday was just unspammed, sorry about the delay. You haven’t indicated whether you want to be unscreened, so I’ll just c+p the non-identifying stuff:

    I got an LJ message from this user that fits the MO. The message was “can I talk to you”. It looked blatantly trollish so I ignored and deleted it.

    [Looking at my LJ profile]; I do seem to fit his target group.

    I’ll share this with my networks.

  10. Clare

    I’ve been contacted by livejournal message 6 times over the past few years by various identities. I’ve never responded to any of them, though I think I made an lj post about the first one, marmaladeatkins. Quite a few explicitly use girls’ books as a hook – I’m not a minor though, and I don’t think he would have thought I was.

    (no subject) (3 weeks ago)
    from Captain Kremmen
    Hi
    Is it possible to talk with you?

    Girl’s Own(21 weeks ago)
    from katemiddleton82
    Hi I saw your posts in the old Girl’s Own group
    can i talk with you?

    Malory Towers (37 weeks ago)
    from Rafaella Hutchinson
    Hi
    I saw your LJ while googling Malory Towers
    can i talk with you?

    Hi/
    from 8742041 (66 weeks ago)
    Hi I saw your blog
    can i talk with you?
    im new to LJ and would like to make new friends

    (no subject) (81 weeks ago)
    from marmalade44
    Hi
    can i talk with you?
    pretty please?

    (no subject) (88 weeks ago)
    from marmaladeatkins
    Hi
    can i talk with you?
    pretty please?

  11. Clare

    Sorry – fine to unscreen if you want!

  12. tigtog

    Thanks for sharing that Clare.

    Comment in the mod queue – are you happy to be unscreened, or should I just quote the salient info?

  13. tigtog

    From another comment which didn’t let me know whether or not to unscreen, I’ll cut and paste the relevant information:

    The Enid Blyton Society forums have been targeted by this person. He has written as pbsausie, Paul Austin, Paul Williams, Lossie Laxton, Michelle Rowett, Paul Austin2 and probably others. He has also PMd subscribers as mentioned in posts above. It concerns me that younger members might well be drawn into his web of deceit.

  14. Emma R

    Hello – We run a website based in Yorkshire, United Kingdom for women who have been victims of harassment, and have been getting emails off this guy this week asking to talk, stating similar to the above, telling us in far too much detail about his intersex disorder (pretty sexual terms used) and that he had been sexually abused ect ect. Knew from the start that it didnt ring true. (I dont know what unscreen means… but you can do that anyway!)

  15. tigtog

    Thanks, Emma R, for the extra info.

    (I dont know what unscreen means… but you can do that anyway!)

    Just means whether your comment will be published under your own nym or whether I paraphrase it without identifying details. Thanks for permission to publish!

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