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Should I file a lawsuit for defamation of character?

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I received email advertising a website. I asked to be removed from their list but kept getting email from different addresses for the same site. I finally looked at the website and it appeared to be an escort website with possible child prostitution. I reported this to the FBI tipline and sent another email asking to be removed from future email. The person who responded threatened to contact my parents and employer. He did call my parents twice in the middle of the night and told them I was downloading child pornography (completely untrue). I believe he has contacted other family members by phone or email and possibly my employer because he wrote emails showing he had such information.

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You should report it to the police. You may also have a civil action.

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Surely this would be at least an harassment claim. But if this person is overseas somewhere good luck finding them. So a lot depends on where they are and whether you could get them into court.

You should report it to the police of course as there sounds like certain illegal acts here in general. In some states this degree of SPAM is a felony all on its own without even considering the possibly illegal content.

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You should definitely report it to the police. They may want some of the routing information from your emails, though it may all be faked or sent via a circuitous route. A civil action probably won't help you that much, unless they are located in Massachusetts. Good luck!


In my experience, the police will be no help unless you have threatened with physical harm.

Finding the person to go after on the Internet is never easy, and often leads you offshore where prosecuting them is impossible.

Further, suing someone is an expensive propisition, and even if you win, collecting on the law suit is problematic.

My best advice is to show this post (especially to your employer) to those people you feel have heard about your activities. They will then know you are the victim and not some pediphile.

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