Dodating.com Complaint - Harassment And Solicitation Of Sex From A Minor Through 3rd Party Contact

Review by Soaring Consumer on 2008-12-07
I have never heard of this website until people from DoDating started constantly going out of their way to send messages to a minor under the age of 18 through Skype, requesting sex or other obscene gestures and linking to a profile page on the DoDating website.

I do have the recorded conversations, and every time the minor blocks these offending members, another one with a different account does the same thing.

It usually starts with an offender giving a name, claiming they are looking for friends, presenting a link to their page, and asking for something obscene.

Here is the most recent:
"Hey (name of minor) this Tracy. Now I am looking for new friends. U can look my photo here: [URL snip]. Please f*** with me. Thanks"

This is outrageous and illegal. What should I do about this?
Comments:9 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-12-08
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-07:
These messages are being sent via automated chat robots. They send multiple messages to multiple users to advertise adult websites and/or send viruses if the link is clicked.

IMO Skype is not a program that a minor should be using, as it is not monitored for abuse and there are no real parental controls to speak of.
Posted by TGT101 on 2008-12-07:
Don't accept any invitations from people that you do not know.
Posted by madconsumer on 2008-12-07:
this is serious in my state. contact the police, and make a report of under aged sex solicitation. if your police are like ours, they will ldo all the work, and will make an arrest.
Posted by Principissa on 2008-12-07:
What have the police said about this? That is disgusting.
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2008-12-07:
I have run into "friend requests" that link to sex sites on MySpace...on DoDating, is there a setting that would require anyone posting messages to type a squiggly series of letters and numbers before sending the message? I know that MySpace has this setting, and I set my preferences there to require that these codes be typed-this keeps the spammers out. Once I clicked on a MySpace "friend request", which was from "a 15 year old female from Oman". I clicked "deny" on the friend request, for obvious reasons, and ended up getting hit with the dreaded "Antivirus 2008" pop-up, which required me to use various antimalware software to remove it. That request somehow got past MySpace's security measures, though. Dating and social networking sites can be risky when it comes to bots and spammers posing as minor or 18-21 year old females that actually link to sex sites. Be careful.
Posted by D. on 2008-12-07:
I agree with Madconsumer...report them to the police and they will track them down.
Posted by Principissa on 2008-12-07:
I actually asked the sheriff in the next town over (he's friends with hubby and came over to help clean out the dryer vent) and he said that if this is true either your local police department or state police will have a detective who forwards these cases to the FBI. You need to get in touch with someone from either the sex crimes unit and/or the internet crimes unit. They are the ones who investigate these claims, and down here, they take things like this extremely seriously. He actually told me that 60% of the girls you see posing as 18-21 year olds are in reality 15 or 16.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-07:
In your Skype settings you can block everyone except who is on your trusted list. Change the setting and that will be the end of the problem. John is right, Kid's do not belong on Skype, open them a Penguin account.
Posted by Soaring Consumer on 2008-12-08:
Ok, I will gather my evidence and contact law enforcement. Thanks for your help everyone.

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