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    Quote Originally Posted by AniaR View Post
    Greg- that situation has been addressed here already by the mods. She's a kid and yes her behaviour is inappropriate, but it's best to block her and be on your way
    I'm sorry wasn't aware that it was addressed here. Anyway she's been blocked so moving on

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    no worries

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    Thankfully I haven't had any run-ins of my own with any merverts (don't have a mermaiding FB page yet, no tail yet, no pics/video... Basically no "bait" to attract these types in the first place), but I can vouch that I've seen Craig Bohn posting about his breath hold lessons on the NC Merfest Facebook group page. Didn't think much of it at the time, though I was curious when people had jumped in on his posts basically trying to veer people away from messaging him. Now this makes sense— I had no idea that aquaphiles/breath hold fetishists were even a thing until recently.

    If you wouldn't mind, Raina, I could volunteer to help out with any investigative work that may need to be done on future cases, as well as help with compiling lists/evidence and whatnot. "Merverts" are a relatively new concept to me, but I used to do similar alt-tracking and character investigations in a previous fandom keeping track of trolls, scam artists, pedophiles and animal-abusers. I don't imagine this would be much different. :P

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    THANK YOU for this, Raina
    I've just removed Gordon, even if I was thinking to do this for a long time because I had the impression he was a pedophile. He never messaged to me luckily, but I need to feel safe.

    Anyway, here's Kyle's profile:
    https://www.facebook.com/kyle.shoop.1?fref=ts
    Last edited by Mermaid Adriel; 08-21-2014 at 04:03 AM.
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    I removed Gordon recently, too after it came to my attention that he was harassing underage mers. He's never personally done anything to me (likely because when he tried to initiate conversations with me I just never bothered with them since he looked boring to me) but knowing that he has harassed kids before was enough for me to get rid of him.
    I had a run in with what may or may not have been a mervert a few months ago. Basically he straight up asked me to have sex with him. BUT I'm doubting that he was actually a mervert versus just a disgusting pig because while he was friends with a few mers and seemed to like nautical stuff (a lot of ships and stuff on his page) he didn't really press the mermaid matter, or even mention it.
    It was likely a cultural based sexual harassment rather than mer-based because for whatever reason Arab men (which is what he was) think they can just sexually harass Iranian women whenever the mood strikes them. I deal with it on a regular basis on my non-mer account constantly. I was just surprised to see it on my mer-FB that day.
    I'll go back and check my messages when I get the chance to see if what he said was mermaid based or not. If it's specifically mer-related, then I'll post again with screencaps and his name and FB. If not, I won't, because in that situation he's not targeting the community, so you'll likely not have any run-ins with him.

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    I have found a huge amount of Arab men send me friend requests and have needed to be removed from my fan Page due to sexualy forward comments.

    Tieri youre more than welcome to post anything you find. That's the whole idea here. Anyone can add their experience or what they've witnessed along with any proof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AniaR View Post
    I have found a huge amount of Arab men send me friend requests and have needed to be removed from my fan Page due to sexualy forward comments.
    Yep. There's a reason we call them "taazi" in my language.
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    My 'other' folder for messages is filled with them lol

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    Omg aren't they f*****g irritating? I swear three times a week I get solicited to move to Dubai. And a dozen times a week I get BS about sex and webcamming.

    Lol. No thanks, dude. I didn't have to do it to escape Iran (which is sadly common, Iranian girls getting out of Iran via sex trafficking to Dubai) I'm definitely not going to do it now that I'm safely out of that hell hole.

    Fair warning to all female members here, I guess. Unless you know the Arab guy in person, don't take his random FB friend request; especially if you have numerous pictures of you in shell tops or anything that an Arab man will misconstrue as "immodest" because they'll take that as license to treat you like a... Mmmm, what's the nicest way to put it? "Working" girl. :eyeroll:

    Also, apologies if it sounds racist what I said. I don't know a more polite way to say it though. I'm really just speaking on personal experience. And I know mers are very friendly, open, and nice people, and sadly those are the very type of people who they like to take advantage of.
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    ^ im not the only person who feels that way. My "other"inbox on Facebook is also filled with them but it stopped right after I changed my profile picture of me and my husband :/

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    This is a great start, I have a feeling we maybe adding more people to this list!! There are 2 German men that have tried to contact me using FB and at first I was nice, but when things start getting weird that is when I ignore them and report. I actually had one German man call me, so I have taken my phone number off now! Midwest Merman Steve seems to be harmless, I get message from him every now and then and it is a smiley face, and maybe he says how nice I look in a picture but nothing else. As long as it stays simple with him I will be fine, but if the comments go any further then that block and report.
    My amazing husband/mer wrangler does such a great job assisting me in real life but he gets a bit worried in the cyber world. I told him we are doing the best we can and trying to keep everyone informed of the issues we are having with certain people and the more we can I for each other the safer we will all be!!!

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    if anyone wants to add more people to the master list I need you to try and fill out the template the way I set it up. Give as much info as possible, links, and wherever possible screen shots.

    IF YOU HAVE ALSO EXPERIENCES SOMETHING FROM A PERSON POSTED ABOUT HERE... please validated your other mers by chiming in. Just like in court. the more witnesses the better a case we can build to blacklist someone.

    I blocked all of Gordon's accounts AND HE MADE MORE and is now going on a spree across my pages. For the very reason alone of avoiding blocks by making multiple accounts he should be up here, let alone all the accounts of him talking to kids etc.

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    Question: Has anyone had experiences with this guy? https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004171744314

    I've had a few people message me but all they say is "he is a mervert". I've asked them all for their experiences/evidence but no one has gotten back to me yet. His profile seems pretty normal, he only has a few mers on it.

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    Not really mervert, but I've recently received a message from a girl who said that my photos were on a porn site so sent me a link; in reality, the link was a phishing site.
    I know this experience is happened to other mers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AniaR View Post
    Question: Has anyone had experiences with this guy? https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004171744314
    He sent me a request recently, but I declined because I didn't quite like the profile.

    Concerning Arab guys, when I was new to FB, I accepted most friend requests and got a ton of them, however none of them ever sent me weird message, and no one made untoward comments.
    Most, if not all of them are divers, owners of dive clubs, or in other ways involved with the ocean, that's why I accepted them, and I haven't had a single bad experience.

    The only ones I weeded out are those that at some point turned out to be spearfishers (not keen on murderers in my friendslist, tyvm).

    Given your experiences, I find that a bit odd.
    But I also don't get any dumb comments on my youtube vids, so maybe I just don't fall into the "fair game-mer" category

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    Not really mervert, but I've recently received a message from a girl who said that my photos were on a porn site so sent me a link; in reality, the link was a phishing site.
    I know this experience is happened to other mers.
    I had that happen last year too it was a fake fb account.

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    Question: Has anyone had experiences with this guy? https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004171744314

    I've had a few people message me but all they say is "he is a mervert". I've asked them all for their experiences/evidence but no one has gotten back to me yet. His profile seems pretty normal, he only has a few mers on it.
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    Ugh that be enough for me to block him

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    I try to give people the 'benefit of doubt', and usually wait for two or three occurrences to establish a pattern that I know I do not want to be apart of. Though, based off of everything that I'm reading from other mers, that process is probably going to come back and bite me in the fin. It might be time for a change in my personal policy on that...
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