Phone Drama

I know my previous blog was extremely personal but, I needed to vent and put some perspective into what is happening now.

I’m completely stunned that this individual has reappeared in my life after ten years. Well, now I realize he got into my phone about a year ago. So, hey, he’s caught up on all my life events because I know he’s been reading my text messages. He knows all the stuff about my skin cancer surgeries and my knee replacement and my domestic and work situations. It’s an invasion. I can’t prove it’s who I know it is. The IP address I could learn probably leads back to an Orange County Florida Library computer or a generic one at his work. I know which company he was working for.

I came upon that information by accident in about 2006 when I wrote a news story on the new master’s in anthropology program at UCF (University of Central Florida). A professor there gave me a contact at a company that employed some budding archaeologists from UCF. I interviewed him and my spoofer’s name was mentioned,

I know in this job he moves around a lot. So, he could have even used a computer anywhere in the Southeast. The employer is based in Jacksonville and they have an office in Savannah. My wish is that he lives in either of those cities.

In the meantime I actually found his little wormhole app. Then I realized I actually recalled seeing it appear on my phone. I had just clocked out for lunch at the Customer Service computer and had been on the Walmart app, probably for a customer, when right after closing it the rather generic looking square appeared on my phone screen. It was labeled, “Walmart Shopper.” It seemed innocuous. Plus, now I know these apps can be installed from a remote computer. My theory is that Spoofer hacked into my Facebook account, which is allegedly easier than installing an app from a remote location, first and got my phone number, which is set at, “private.”

The belief that it was innocuous juxtaposed on top of my general attitude of, who the hell would hack me?, in addition to thinking my spoof caller was ancient history, having not heard from him in over ten years, led me to ignore that little gray square.

I know differently now and am researching how easy this kind of hacking is to do, especially to Androids. But iPhones are not immune.

I’ve already found, without too much poking around, three articles giving instructions on how to do it.

It was the same story with how to build fake Facebook pages. This hacker of mine is, most likely, the culprit behind a slew of friend invitations I received from obviously fake men.

I was texting my friend, Chelle, one night recently when I told her I bet I could Google, “photos for fake profiles.” I did just that and, bam, a dozen sites on how to do this popped up. One site was geared specifically toward Facebook and had step-by-step instructions. I was aghast.

I will write more on what I discover. In the meantime, parents, please, please, keep an eye on the friends of your kids‘ social media accounts. Especially, if you have daughters because I’m positive girls are tortured by this crap way more than boys are.

The photo is of the apps on my old Samsung. Note the gray square in the upper left. And that Pinterest app is suspicious since I had to uninstall that to install the Uber app to get to AdventHealth to get my new knee installed.

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