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WARNING: Personals & Dating Sites (Locanto, Escorts, Etc)

It’s come to attention that classifieds sites, personals, dating, and escort sites Australia-wide have been up to some mischief as of late (actually, for years.) This applies to advertisers, and people seeking company on those sites.

Sites in question (some):

  • locanto.com.au (scammers, criminal groups robbing men and women, fraudsters)
  • escortsandbabes.com.au (leaking personal sign up phone numbers to other sites)
  • secrethostess.com (scraping and reposting from other sites, often with personal contact info and incorrect info)
  • scarletamour.com (as above)
  • aussietopescorts.com (as above)
  • naughtyads.com.au (as above)
  • redescorts.com (as above)

Advice:

  • DO NOT sign up with your personal phone number at ANY stage. Use a burner phone
  • Watermark photos (subtle enough to not be seen by the naked eye) and remove all EXIF metadata
  • ^^^ There are services we provide.

Should your details be leaked, shared without permission, or image reposted – well, the sites are behind more than just leaking details, people on them are operating in criminal groups (as defined by the NSW Crimes Act 1900 No. 40) to rob both men and women. In Wollongong alone, there have been armed robberies, assaults, wire fraud, alleged kidnappings, and more. No further comment on those matters can be given.

At this point, things are just getting started, but we are aware of this, and so far, some money has been recovered, the sites themselves may put in a token effort to take down an ad, but the sites themselves should worry more about their poor security. Most seem to be affiliated and run from a similar web server, as loosely shown by the image below:

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DON’T DO THIS: Don’t Call Friends Asking For Drugs (Or Anything Else Possibly Illegal), It Looks Suspicious

OK, maybe there’s a good reason you need a medication in an emergency. Legitiimate medication, it’s late, or the GP you’ve seen is an asshole who thinks giving you Valium to treat acute alcohol withdrawal (potentially fatal) will turn you into Skinny Pete or Badger (see picture.)

But for the love of god, don’t call up asking anybody for drugs. Don’t text them, snapchat them, it’s looks shady as hell and if I were a police officer, I’d be reading that as intent to supply (10 year maximum sentence in NSW.)

We have apps like Signal if we want to message or talk about things that might be taken the wrong way.

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Don’t SMS People Telling Them About The Crimes You Are Committing

This is a pet hate of mine. I get an SMS. Somebody is asking me something, and it involves them admitting to committing a crime (hypothetically.)

Example: The idiot who texted me asking if I could help them cook crystal methylamphetamine (knowing I have studied chemistry.)

What has that idiot done? First, they just stated that they are intending to commit an offence and are asking me to commit an offence violating the NSW Drug Misuse And Trafficking Act 1985 No. 26, section 19:

Aiding, abetting etc commission of offence in New South Wales

(1) A person who aids, abets, counsels, procures, solicits or incites the commission of an offence under this Division is guilty of an offence and liable to the same punishment, pecuniary penalties and forfeiture as the person would be if the person had committed the firstmentioned offence.

Secondly, SMS metadata is retained on all Australians for two years by law. Thirdly, it would be easy to subpoena the contents of SMS messages as the message alone is at least reasonable suspicion, if not probable cause (circumstances dependent.)

How to communicate safely if something that could be taken the wrong way needs to be discussed?

Read on:

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