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#1 DSTM

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 02:01 AM

A friend of mine rang me today with an unusual problem.She is 35 yrs of age,happily married,and recieved a letter,hand delivered in her postbox.This is what it says.
Dear Dorothy, I would like to start a frienship with you.Please call Andrew on such and such a Phone number.
Needless to say,her Husband isn't impressed. Scary thing is,she doesn't know any Andrew.She is worried as it might be a Stalker.
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Posted 20 October 2007 - 03:32 AM

Well, if one is really worried, go to the police and show them the letter. They should be able to trace the phone number, if it wasnt a fake one. Dont cost to ask and thats what the police is there for...

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 05:39 AM

Isn't this an unusual way to start friendship? :thumbsup:
That could be some kids from the neighborhood joking, but I am so curious I would call the number immediately and found out who the person is and what it wants.
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Posted 20 October 2007 - 06:16 AM

Yeah,very unusual this one. I advised not to go to the Police yet as the person hasn't broken any laws. I suggested it may be a prank from a friend,or more sinister someone trying to disrupt their relationship. I said don't make contact because if it's a looney,thats what they want. The only thing the husband has done at this point is get a male workmate to ring the Phone number,and then say sorry wrong No.There was a male on the other end,which he says,sounded around 30-40.
Interesting how this one unfolds.Maybe a member has a good idea,and thanks for the advice to date.















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Posted 20 October 2007 - 07:38 AM

Type the phone number into a good search engine (or Google). It'll give you the name and address of the person the number belongs to.

She probably does know Andrew, but isn't aware of it. A bank teller, an employee of a store she frequents, a neighbor she sees frequently, but has never really spoken to, maybe even the mail man, a teenager with a crush, just to name a few possibilities.

She should keep the original note, handling it as little as possible. Put it in a plastic freezer-bag and set it aside. If this should happen again, do the same, and then call the police. Depending on where you live, police forensic specialists can retrieve all types of information about a person from notes like that.

One time might be a prank. Two or more - stalker. And advise her that, when she goes out alone, to try and keep to areas where there are other people around - especially at night. Be more cautious and alert than usual. Pack a .44 Magnum automatic - you can stop a truck with one of those. :thumbsup:

This isn't something to worry a whole lot about. Yet. But being more cautious and aware when out, or at home alone, would be a wise course to follow.

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 07:52 AM

Excellent advice from MattV...are you in the police force?

I should imagine its someone she knows as he knows her name but not well enough to know she is married..so maybe someone in the bank or supermarket ...OR..maybe he does know she is married.....be careful..personally, if it were me...I would get my man to ring the number and see who answers..could very well be children having a laugh. :thumbsup:

Hope your friend gets it sorted..

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 08:01 AM

Thanks for the advice,'MattV' Makes a lot of sense. To be honest,some of these ideas,I didn't think of. I will pass all these tips on,tomorrow morning. :thumbsup:
Not panic Stations yet,but she feels uneasy about the whole affair,and being a Woman,I don't blame her.
A .44 Magnum would be a nice companion,but here they are not allowed.

EDIT. Just read your post,'Dollyeyes' and thankyou. Her husband did get a male friend to ring the No and it is a male sounding about 30-40.If it wasn't someone she doesn't realize who knows of her,I thought it maybe some clown who lifted the lid on her postbox and read her name on her mail.

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 08:09 AM

Excellent advice from MattV...are you in the police force?

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 08:52 AM

All the advise is good indeed - but the one thing she should not do is totally ignore it and never give it another thought either.

I only say this because I've had the dubious 'honour' have having a stalker and while they can either be relatively harmless or fatal, neither is a pleasant experience. Do hope your friend hasn't heard anymore from this person, DSMT.
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Posted 20 October 2007 - 04:07 PM

Pack a .44 Magnum automatic - you can stop a truck with one of those.


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Posted 21 October 2007 - 04:14 AM

I think, if I was Dorothy's husband, I would have had her to make the call, recorded it, arranged a meeting place where I and my four brothers and a few friends would be waiting with open arms to greet this new "friend".
It may well be a prank or hoax, but to put unnecessary stress and fear into someones family life like this is not on.
On the other hand it could be flattering from a besotted admirer, but either way i would want to know.
As a husband and parent i hope there is an innocent conclusion to this letter.

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 05:56 AM

Like to thank everybody for their views,and have passed it on to her.Hope this is the end of it,however if anything else eventuates I will update. :thumbsup:















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Posted 21 October 2007 - 08:17 AM

Let the police know - even if they dismiss it, it'll be a part of the record (so if anything does happen, they'll know about it).

This is inappropriate behavior, no matter what the reason.

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 12:42 PM

I had a friend who was being stalked by a coworker. The most important thing is to document everything, dat, day, time, and description. This was the main reason they were able to prosecute the person
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Posted 23 October 2007 - 04:55 AM

I think, if I was Dorothy's husband, I would have had her to make the call, recorded it, arranged a meeting place where I and my four brothers and a few friends would be waiting with open arms to greet this new "friend".
It may well be a prank or hoax, but to put unnecessary stress and fear into someones family life like this is not on.
On the other hand it could be flattering from a besotted admirer, but either way i would want to know.
As a husband and parent i hope there is an innocent conclusion to this letter.

Pannad

This is the first thing i thought of. Probably just to satisfy my curiosity!




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