In the beginning, I included all my information in online communities. Little did I know the complications that could arise from doing so. I realize now that I put in my details for the fear of not being accepted when I opened the accounts on those websites. But as the days went by, my details became public property. When I first opened up those accounts there were only few people that were aware of these sites and people like me didn't even know about them. I was introduced to a chat room by opening up an account with by my sister first. I was so anxious to meet people online, chat with people around the world and get to find some good friends to communicate. I would just log on to the internet and wait for people to say "hi".
As time went on, I met with many people--some good, some okay and some downright dirty. Most were young people looking for company. During the nights while I was in bed, before falling asleep I would get into my email accounts and find a bunch of junk mail from different sources including credit card companies, schools, universities, small businesses, loan sharks, single men, single women, hookers, call girls, clubs, bars and so on and so forth. My mail was filled with filth. Among them only one or two messages per day were from my friends and family.
My information was known to every advertising company there was. I did not know what to do and how to stop it. At first I thought it was normal since this whole thing was new to everyone. But as time went by and I came to know a lot about the internet, I learned that this was not normal and my information was taken from different sources from right under my nose. Sometimes I got threatening notices in emails that I owed people money and if I didn't pay online to so-and-so's account I would be penalized and sent to jail. I got emails from men who I don't know, asking me to get in bed with them so they can show me good times. I started getting credit cards that I haven't applied for. When I got into the chat rooms, I was invited for dirty sex, people inviting me on web cameras, and giving me their life stories.