Tuesday, June 27, 2006

This, Too, Must Somehow Be MySpace's Fault

Thanks to Peter Nordberg of Daubert on the Web for pointing out this story of teenagers robbing a man they met through MySpace.

The man agreed to meet "Natalia" based entirely on her (fictional) profile with pictures and a statement that she was looking for "some fun."  He agreed to meet her at her supposed apartment  And then things went poorly...

That is when two girls who were 14 and 15-years-old, approached him saying they knew Natalia, the girl he thought he'd be meeting. They also said they knew where he worked at what car he drove.

"This was not the girl that the picture was of on MySpace," the victim said.

One of the girls put a gun to his head and demanded money, but let him go when it turned out he had none.  And the conclusion that ties it back to the earlier MySpace stories (here and here and here):

The so-called Natalia did tell the victim that she was 18, so he was shocked to learn he was actually talking to a 14-year-old. He says he has since removed personal information from his MySpace profile, like his salary and the kind of car that he drives.

Good call, that, removing your salary.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/tortsprof/2006/06/this_too_must_s.html

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