Sex, lies and an ad posted on Craigslist

For those of you who respond directly to Web advertisements, take note. The information you send to these people could end up all over the Net, despite a site or service’s guarantee of privacy and firewalls and blah, blah, blah. Some sexlorn fellows found that out the hard way, as the personal information they sent to a classified online ad was posted for all to see, including some photos of them in the “altogether.” A prankster named Jason Fortuny took a personal ad on Craigslist from a young woman seeking sex and reposted it so that responses were sent to him instead, then released all the information online. We call Fortuny a “prankster,” though the real motivation for his actions was not revealed. In any event, Web surfers, let’s be careful out there.

—Posted by Kathleen Sampey