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Identity theft. Should I be flattered?

January 16, 2016
Posted at 10:59 am
Updated: January 17, 2016 - 11:30 pm

At various points in the past some of you, my favorite people, have informed me that you've found some of my stories at other sites, with other author names on them. I always pursue those reports with vigor, sending formal complaints to the webmaster, concerning copyright infringement.

But I have to say this most recent report I got takes things to a whole new level.

There is a person at a website called who has begun posting stories under the author name "The lubrican". Here's a link to one of his posts:

I have already made a complaint, and hope their webmaster takes this down, so if you want to look at it, hurry.

Now what makes this really incredible isn't that he stole my name and changed the title from "Birthday Babysitting - A Present For Sis" to something else, he also claimed that a friend of his had stolen the story from "him" and been called out on it. Then he gave his friend permission to steal the story.

Then there was this paragraph: I have also decided to post a few more of my stories from my site. In case you come across them here, they weren't stolen. Feel free to PM me for the address to my site, which I have refused to disclose here because of some certain rules of this very site.

Now this takes balls of brass. You steal another author's name and then warn people that what you're going to post might be reported as stolen ... but it isn't. Not really. So never mind if somebody says it's not yours.

They say that being copied is a form of flattery. But I'm not flattered.

If the webmaster doesn't cooperate, I may ask for a little help from my friends.

The very friends who have apparently made me enviable by somebody.

Just thought I'd share.


Update, as of 17 Jan 16

The webmaster acted swiftly and this person is history.

Thanks for all the support I got from people. As it turns out, some of you were quite helpful. From one person, who has wizardly skills with a computer, I now know the who the owner of that site is, along with all manner of complicated ISP data and the like, which might come in handy in the future. From another reader, who actually corresponded with the faker, I learned that when people asked for a link to "his" website, he gave them the link to my website. So his pretense was complete. He used my name, claimed to own my website, and posted my stories.

I'm guessing his day job is ... con man.

Thanks again for all your support.