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February 4, 2017 at 3:05 pm #598481
After a very messy breakup with someone one year ago, I started getting these friend requests from clearly fake profiles on Fb. It also included an image typical for his country. All profiles were set up in the last couple of hours and the last one was from this morning. I find it annoying and eventually asked “Who are you” for a first time for almost an year but the account diappeared shortly after.
I have him blocked everywhere. I also told him to never contact me again.
He hurt me very much and I feel very betrayed by him.
I am not sure how I should view all this.February 4, 2017 at 3:07 pm #598484
How you should view this? A waste of emotion and time. Just don’t accept and move on.February 4, 2017 at 3:13 pm #598485
I don’t understand the motivation behind it… why should he do this?February 4, 2017 at 3:23 pm #598488
Why do you care? Sounds like something an unstable psycho would do.
If he really wanted to be in touch, he wouldn’t be using fake names. Besides, you told him never to contact you. So now you are changing your mind?February 4, 2017 at 3:31 pm #598492
Nia, sounds like you might be thinking of giving this guy a second chance. If that’s the case then let him tell you straight out that he wants a second chance. A guy who wants something real with you doesn’t hide behind fake profiles. If he does contact you then you really need to think about how much he hurt and see if it’s worth giving it another chance.February 4, 2017 at 4:04 pm #598500
How to view what??
I would block each and every fake profile.
Click…click…click…as simple as that…
But I agree with Linda… sounds like you still want this guy aroundFebruary 4, 2017 at 5:31 pm #598515
I have a stalkerish person. We were never together but he tried to date me by telling me he wanted to learn Dutch and then repeated tried to kiss me even though I didn’t want him to.
We hung out for about a month, I was in a very bad place at the time.
Told him I didn’t want him in my life because he treated me badly. He didn’t listen, kept talking to me. Eventually called me a whore and blocked me. Then came back trying to make amends. Told him that if he talked to me again I’d block him. He kept talking, I blocked everything : whatsapp, hangouts, fb…
He makes new Google accounts and fb accounts to talk to me every few months. I Tell him to piss off or I’ll block him. I then block him.
He keeps trying every 4/5 months. I’m assuming because he hasn’t found anyone else yet.February 4, 2017 at 6:50 pm #598537
Nia if you didn’t want him back you would not have been asking this type of question on this forum. It has been a year ago, you would have just said blocked him and did not give it another thought. This is what I did recently when one of my old exes sent me a friend request. The breakup was normal but afterwards he did and said nasty things about me, so I did not want to ever hear form him again. I still don’t. Even a memory of him make me feel bad about myself. Why did I ever get involved with this person kinda thing.
What did your guy do? How long were you together? what country?February 4, 2017 at 6:54 pm #598538
Note men often try their “exes” when they are bored, broke up with their current GF, looking for an ego boost, easy sex, simply curious. Him poking you this way is NOT an indication he has feelings for you. Whatever feelings those are they are NOT going to lead to anything good. If this man treated you poorly in the past he will treat you poorly again, so be smart and shake him out of your mind and out of your life.February 5, 2017 at 2:13 am #598577
Thanks guys for your valuable advice. It might not even be him. Yesterday I read a lot about fake scammers’ profiles on Facebook. Sometimes scammers put the victim on a contact list and try to contact them numerous times. It may be a coincidence that overlapped with the breakup. Even if it’s him, it’s not the proper way to seek contact and I agree it’s unhealthy to even pay attention to it!
Thank you xoxoxoxFebruary 17, 2017 at 3:03 am #603190
Yesterday I got another friend request from a new fake profile and reported the profile to Facebook. Facebook is totally useless when it comes to this sort of harassment. Is there a chance to make Facebook give me the IP addresss associated with these fake profiles? With something like an IP Address, I could go to he police and open a case on cyberbullying. I am amazed that Facebook just reviewed my report and suggested that I block the profile. It wouldn’t change anything, I am sure this form of contact will continue.February 17, 2017 at 3:15 am #603191
No…they have privacy rights
all you can do is block
go to scammer pages on fb “romance scammers” etc
a lot of the time they may have the very profile that has tried to ‘friend’ you
many fakes come out of Nigeria and GhanaFebruary 17, 2017 at 6:01 am #603206
I also thought they might be romance scammers but it doesn’t make sense because I am getting contacted by female Facebook profiles…February 17, 2017 at 7:49 am #603211
I get weird fb requests on a regular bases. I just decline. Problem solved. Dont entertain going back to a guy who treated you badly. Ever. Please?February 17, 2017 at 9:17 am #603236
I don’t understand the dilemma. Just decline or ignore the friend requests.
People take social media too seriously, just because someone requests to be a friend or messages you doesn’t mean you are obligated to respond.February 17, 2017 at 9:28 am #603241
Nia, I don’t think those friend requests meet the elements of cyber bullying. Just block them, it’s like scammers calling your home or cell phone you can report them online like Crisula suggested but right now from what you have shared you don’t have a cyber bullying crime.February 17, 2017 at 9:29 am #603242
You are thinking with th a victim mentality, sorry.
Friend requests aren’t cyber bullying.
If you want to put a stop to this silliness simply change your privacy settings so that strangers can’t see your profile or send friend requests.
I did that for years due to a crazy ex. No one can give you someone else’s IP address, it’s illegal. Even the police require a subpoena to get that info. People are protected by privacy rights, as someone else said.
Unless someone is threatening or actually doing something beyond viewing your FB (etc) or trying to “friend” you, there is nothing criminal going on, and you can fix most of that by basically going dark on social media.February 17, 2017 at 10:04 am #603254
I don’t think this is as simple as others suggest – that if OP didn’t have feelings for her ex, she wouldn’t even ask this question here.
I have had some experience with stalkerish exes (such wierd friends requests and messages included) – it makes you spinning, confused, unsafe, it makes it more difficult to move on and to be honest, it can be dangerous. Sometimes delicate stalkerish behaviors like this precede real stalking escalation.
I don’t know if such requests count as bullying by law, but they definitely feel like bullying.
OP, each and every source on stalking will tell you that the best strategy is to ignore. If he doesn’t get any response from you, he will get bored. But you can also make screenshots (in case if you ever need to file a legal complaint – they may count as evidence).
My ex was doing this for 6 months after the break-up and then it stopped. A year later, he spotted me in a shopping centre and then it started again for a while, but then stopped.
It’s been another 6 months now and I think he’s done, all quiet.
Can you imagine, though, I just had to contact him for work related reasons… I really had to (was asked to by my supervisor, and rightly so). Feels horrible. He is clearly a psycho. I don’t want to have anything to do with him. And I just send an email yesterday…
OP, don’t rationalize nor minimize this behavior. Doing so is the most common mistake of stalking victims. Hopefully, it will just stop soon. But be warned. I think it is very likely that this is him and if so, he is emotionally unstable.February 17, 2017 at 10:10 am #603256
I don’t see anywhere in here that the OP has any proof this is an ex. And if she feels fhreatened she should be talking to the police and not a dating forum.
Some women simply love drama. And I think that’s the case here. She wants to make up stories in her head that this guy is ‘stalking’
And she wants to confirm it’s him.
It could have nothing to do with an ex.
But again. If she feels unsafe, this is not the place the get help.
Is Facebook the only way this ‘person’ is ‘bullying?’February 17, 2017 at 10:20 am #603259
Shoshannah, the OP is assuming at this point it’s him. The strongest evidence is a picture common of his country. In the eyes of the law that is not a crime. I have been stalked as well and yes it is a horrible feeling that shakes your sense of security, independence, and well being. I couldn’t leave my house or arrive home without looking over my shoulder and checking every room in my home. I had to be on the phone with a friend when I was leaving or coming home. I knew full well who my stalker was and even after I told him I would report him to the police because I had the evidence he still contacted me twice, six months and a year later. I agree she should definitely take precautions, we all should but I think at this point she just thinks it’s him.February 17, 2017 at 10:30 am #603266
Ginger, Linda you may be right, of course. But it is very important to take precautions.
OP doesn’t have any proof that this is him, but I’ve done a lot of research on stalking and I found out – that REQUESTS FROM FAKE FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS ARE VERY COMMON! Plenty of stalkers do it. That’s why I believe that if timing is right and there are other hints that it may be him, chances are this is him.
I agree though that this is not the forum to look for advice on stalking. There are many forums on stalking only.
Linda, so sorry about your experience. I’ve also had a very bad experience when stalking escalated to actual physical violence.February 17, 2017 at 10:37 am #603272
Shoshhanah, I’m sorry for what you went through as well and may be our stories will help the OP seek the right type of help and try to gather more evidence in case this really is her X and she really is scared of him.February 17, 2017 at 10:41 am #603275
Here is the thing, is Facebook that important, if you feel stalked then shut it down. If that is the only way this man is ‘stalking’ then remove it.
I have been stalked too.. and it isn’t done via only one method. So that’s why I question the stalking issue.February 17, 2017 at 11:14 am #603284
Shoshannah, I don’t think you HAD to contact your ex.
I would have simply apologized and told my boss things were very dicey between us. Then I would have said if they want you o contact him you could not in ANY way be involved for your own safety!
Legally they can’t make you do this!
Once again, this is a boundary issueFebruary 17, 2017 at 11:14 am #603285
I was going to suggest the same thing. I am anti social media. I would of shut down Facebook in a heartbeat. OP if this is an option for you do it. If the stalking continues in other ways you will have a better clue of who might be doing it.?