Next steps in extortion case - ideas?
universe at truemetal.org
Sat Jun 28 14:32:15 UTC 2014
nothing operational here, but there are many smart minds on this list
and people working for telcos, ISPs and law enforcement agencies, so
maybe you are willing to give me some advice in the following case:
There's an individual out there on the web that has been blackmailing
hundreds of people and companies in a specific area of business for
years. His scheme is: 1. Contact the alleged "debtor" via e-mail and
inform him about an existing debt claim by a third party. 2. Offer the
debtor a deadline to pay the debt and warn the debtor if he shouldn't
pay he'll be prosecuted and his case will be "made public". 3. Once the
deadline has elapsed, he'll publish completely false information made
out of thin air on the web, in particular Facebook, Twitter, a blog, a
website, including pictures of the debtor and serious accusations like
"This debtor is a child molestor" or "This debtor is part of the mafia"
and other crazy stuff that you can usually only see in movies. All of
course with real names, company information (if applicable) and
basically everything he can find out about the debtor. 4. Then, the
individual hopes that the debtor will be intimidated because the debtor
is afraid of the false information about him, which will show up on
Google etc., and will finally pay to get this false information removed
from the web.
In all cases the published "background information" about the debtors is
false, made out of thin air, and over the top. Just the names and
pictures are correct. Intentional slander in order to get the debtor to
pay. If any of the published information was true, then every 2nd debtor
would be a child molestor and every other debtor part of the mafia.
That individual is hiding his real identity really well, obviously, and
he knows what he's doing. Domain hosted in Russia, taking good care his
IP address won't show up in the mail headers, using false names and
identities, phone numbers registered through some DID provider who
doesn't collect personal information about the DID owner etc.
I am one of the accused and had lots of false information about myself
and my company published by him. This is why I started to have an
interest to track his real identity down. I took 2 days out of my life
and researched high and low and finally found his personal phone number
along with a name, a picture of him and several possible addresses (in
I cannot be sure that the name, picture and addresses are correct, but I
called him on his personal phone number and after having spoken with him
before under his false identity, I can confirm that it's the same person
(the voice is the same). He was quite surprised to say the least.
In case it matters, according to a LRN lookup the number belongs to
Omnipoint Communications, which is part of T-Mobile USA, I think.
My idea is to somehow confirm his identity and confirm my research by
matching the voice of the false identity (available from a message he
left on my voicemail and also from his voicemail intro) to the real
person. I'm thinking about hiring a private investigator in the US (I'm
in Germany) to drive up to the addresses I can provide the PI with and
find the person that matches the voice / maybe even the picture. The PI
then must document the outcome in a way that it can be used in court.
I'm wanting to go the PI route because it will be the fastest way to
possibly gather evidence, I assume, as opposed to commissioning a lawyer
who will then in turn contact law enforcement etc.
Unfortunately I do not have the authority to access the personal data of
the person that pays the monthly bill for the phone number that I called
him on, otherwise that would be the fastest way I suppose. I spent money
for some pay-sites that do some reverse phone lookup and stuff like
that, and although the information was helpful, I cannot be sure that
My goal is to confirm his real identity/name and address in order to
start a lawsuit and have a lawyer, or maybe even law enforcement,
investigate this case and ultimately, put an end to his slander
activities, not just for my case but for all hundreds before me and
those which are to come in the future.
Do you think the PI route makes sense? Any other recommendations? Your
feedback in general?
Thanks and sorry for so much text. :)
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