Being pursued by a stalker in any sense of the word is an uncomfortable, unnerving, and a terribly frightening situation. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the definition of stalking is “to pursue obsessively and to the point of harassment.” No one deserves to be harassed or undesirably pursed by an online stalker or mentally ill individual living in a fantasy world or otherwise. When trying to deal with an online stalker, consider the following methods of protection, and get rid of him or her for good.
Change Personal Information to Throw Off a Stalker
Even if an online stalker has obtained personal information including your address and telephone number, change any public information that could indicate your exact location. Change profiles to indicate you have moved to a fictitious town. Go to Google, and enter your actual name and address. If it appears, select the option of having it removed from the listing. This is not the complete answer, especially if the stalker has your info, but it cannot hurt to throw them off track.
Report the Online Stalker to Sites they Have Used
If you are being pursued by a stalker on a forum or anywhere else online, immediately notify the website(s) with any and all information regarding the matter. If they have a legal department, notify their legal division as well. Find out if they can track the stalker’s Internet service provider or any other identifiable information that can be turned over to the proper authorities.
Do Not Personally Respond to a Stalker
Print any and all potentially threatening correspondence from the online stalker, and start keeping a file, but do not respond to their messages or notes. Any response at all will generate more unwanted attention from the stalker. Change username(s) and any identifying info, and let the online stalker think you dropped off the face of the earth.
Contact the Police Immediately Regarding an Online Stalker
Do not wait for something more serious to happen when concerned with an online stalker. Contact your local law enforcement agency immediately, and provide them with any pertinent information regarding the online stalker. Insist on filing an official report, and take the matter to someone higher up when feeling ignored or not taken seriously.
Exercise your Personal Protection Rights Against a Stalker
Do not wait to protect yourself against an online stalker. Arm yourself using any legal methods necessary to protect your property, family, and life. This can include taking instructions in the proper handling of firearms, obtaining a license to carry, the use of pepper spray or mace, home security, and anything else that will help provide greater safety and security against someone potentially dangerous. Threats of any kind, inappropriate behavior, or unwelcome ongoing advances online or anywhere should always be taken seriously.