• Report: #959195

Complaint Review: The Online Watch

  • Submitted: Wed, October 24, 2012
  • Updated: Wed, October 24, 2012

  • Reported By: Mike — San Antonio Texas United States of America
The Online Watch
Internet United States of America

The Online Watch predator mugshots Blackmail Internet

*Author of original report: Point?

*Consumer Comment: INTERPOL

*Author of original report: Update

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This website publishes fake personal ads on craigslist's casual encounters section.  Then when someone replies to them, they take the name, picture and email address and create a profile on their website, which is marketed as a website for "potential" online predators.  The victim is then sent an email saying they've been added to their watch list, but they can be removed for $100.  This is pure blackmail and extortion.  They've already been shut down for doing this under "predator mug shots" or some other name, now they're back to their old illegal tricks doing it again under a different name.

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#1 Author of original report


AUTHOR: Mike - ()

I'm sorry, but I'm not getting what your point is.  You haven't added anything to the conversation.

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AUTHOR: Blogging - ()



US Code

18 USC 1030 - Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

(2) intentionally accesses a computer without authorization or exceeds authorized access, and thereby obtains

(C) information from any protected computer;


Criminal Resource Manual 1663 Protection Of Public Records and Documents. The taking of a public record or document is prohibited by 18 U.S.C. 641. DOJ. Retrieved from http://www.justice.gov/usao/eousa/foia_reading_room/usam/title9/crm01663.htm



18 USC § 641 - Public money, property or records

1. Whoever steals or purloins public records.

2. Whoever knowingly converts public records to their use.

3. Without authority sells public records.

3. Without authority conveys public records.



18 USC 2319 - Criminal infringement of a copyright

17 USC 506 - Criminal offenses

(a) Criminal Infringement.

(1) In general.Any person who willfully infringes a copyright shall be punished as provided under section 2319 of title 18, if the infringement was committed

(A) for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain;


Governmental Prima Facie Evidence of name and likeness copyright:

State Certified Birth Certificate, State Drivers License, Passport and other government documents and records created to identify and validate name and likeness.



18 USC 1028A - Aggravated identity theft

Whoever, knowingly transfers (steals), possesses, or uses (website),  without lawful authority, a means of identification (mugshots) of another person shall, in addition to the punishment provided for such felony, be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 2 years.



Internet Spyware (I-SPY) Prevention Act of 2007

Intentionally obtains (steals/screen scraps), or transmits (internet) to another person information with the intent to defraud (unpublish/repair reputation).



18 USC 875 - Interstate communications

Transmits (internet) communication interstate (world wide web) with the intent to injure reputation to extort (unpublish/repair reputation).



18 USC 2261A - Stalking

(2) with the intent

(A) to kill, injure, harass, or place under surveillance with intent to kill, injure, harass, or intimidate, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person in another State or tribal jurisdiction or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States; or

(i) that person;

(ii) a member of the immediate family (as defined in section 115 1 of that person; or

(iii) a spouse or intimate partner of that person;



18 USC 873 - Blackmail

Whoever, under a threat of informing, or as a consideration for not informing, against any violation of any law of the United States, demands or receives any money or other valuable thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.



18 USC 880 - Receiving the proceeds of extortion

A person who receives, possesses, conceals, or disposes of any money or other property which was obtained from the commission of any offense under this chapter that is punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year, knowing the same to have been unlawfully obtained, shall be imprisoned not more than 3 years, fined under this title, or both.


Bizarre Logic and Reasoning

If kidnappers called the ransom amount the returning person fee would it bedazzle the system again? If the kidnappers rationalized their acts with the same logic would the system be mystified by them? Reasoning, they had to go through the hassle of kidnapping someone hence they are entitled to the returning person fee (Ransom Money).


If blackmailers called the extortion amount the unpublish/reputation repair fee would it bedazzle the system? Further, if the blackmailers rationalized their acts with the same logic would the system by mystified be them? Reasoning, they had to go through the hassle of stealing government property, identity theft, stalking people, holding people to involuntary servitude, injuring their reputation and collecting an unlawful debt hence they are entitled to the fee (extortion).

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AUTHOR: Mike - (United States of America)

I was able to finally get a hit on a whois for the website.  It is registered through eNom.com out of Washington.  If you are being victimized by this website, go to enom.com and contact their legal department, demanding the page being taken down.  The website is registered out of Sweden to Gottfrid Swartholm, which is the name of the pirate-bay cofounder, so I suspect it's a fake name on the registry.  That guy was arrested last month for extradition back to Sweden though, so maybe it's the real guy and this is how he's raising his defense funds.  This site was only registered on 12 October.  I highly doubt they have that many new anonymous contributors all of a sudden putting all of those people in there, just more proof it's a scam.
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