Hi Everyone! It’s Biff and Julie again – the Acme Chatters.
In our last post we were talking about the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of phone datelines and chatlines versus internet dating. We got some feedback from you and have a few more thoughts on the subject.
Apparently people have had a lot more problems with fake pictures on internet dating sites then we anticipated. We heard a lot about people using a different person’s photo for their own profile. This seems to be a much bigger problem on free sites then on paid ones.
One especially horrible story involved a respected accountant who had a normal profile on a dating website. His profile included a clear face photo. Someone else was able to download the face shot and then created a fake profile adding in some really nasty photos that didn’t show his face. The fake profile then purported to be the accountant’s profile and they proceeded to make some really scandalous statements. The criminal then printed out a copy of the profile and sent it to the accountant’s business partners alleging that the accountant had created the profile himself. Fortunately the forger made so many ridiculous statements in the fake profile that anyone could see it was a hoax. Still it was frightening. A slightly better fake could have done a lot more damage. The accountant doesn’t use internet dating websites anymore. It is very easy to download someone’s photo from many dating sites.
Julie: The ability to steal photos is the one thing I really don’t like about the internet. It is actually really easy to do…that’s why I don’t post many photos online. I have even seen it happen on Facebook a few times.
Biff: One of my friends pointed out that with camera phones you can still see a picture of who you are chatting with if they have a camera phone too. It’s a lot more reliable if they take the picture right away and send it to you. It’s still possible to send a photo of someone else, but it’s more difficult. You can also be more certain that the picture they send is what they look like today….not eight years ago.
Phone datelines have problems with people pretending to be someone else. The most common hoax is men pretending to be women. This can be really annoying, especially if you had to use Acme credits to listen to the message. However, it is a lot harder to fake a voice then to fake a picture. Usually you can tell when it’s really a man.
Julie: Why do guys do that…I don’t get it??
Biff: I don’t know. Everyone gets their kicks from something different. Why are there bullies in high school? One advantage of a phone chatline is a certain amount of privacy and anonymity. This is important to many people. But also “bad apples” can hide behind this privacy wall to annoy other people. It’s unfortunate, but it happens.
Julie: Don’t forget, some women do have low voices so don’t jump to the wrong conclusion.
We spend a lot of time and energy at Acme trying to deal with these harassers. It’s definitely gotten better, but we probably can’t eliminate it entirely.
What should you do if this happens to you? Save the message in your mailbox and contact customer service. Authorize them to listen to the message in your mailbox. They can further investigate and when appropriate delete the mailbox of the harasser and credit you with Acme credits if you lost any because of the fake message.
Anyway, that’s all for this post.
See you again soon.
Biff and Julie – The Acme Chatters