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Fraudulent use of Stereophile's name

It's been brought to our attention that a person named "David Carpenter" is assuming the title of "Review Officer 1" for "Stereophile's Australian offices," and requesting review samples from hi-end audio manufacturers.

THIS IS A HOAX.

Stereophile does not have an Australian office and is not associated with David Carpenter.

The contact info that this person leaves within his requests is:

Stereophile

Steve Whittaker, reviewer

Queensland

Australia

Again, this is a hoax. This person is attempting to deceive manufacturers and steal equipment. Please do not send this man anything. If you are contacted by him, please alert us.

Thanks very much.

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Thanks for the heads up. We will watch for this bloke downunder! Martin

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Re: Fraudulent use of Stereophile's name

Is it illegal to post a name and address that is already in the public domain? In other words, if I can look it up in the phone book and I post it without any malice, would this be illegal? Or, if I post it in a manner that is for information purposes so as to avoid potential fraud, would this be illegal.

Hey, what about if I post the name and addresses of known/convicted child predators living in my city, would that be illegal?

Please, do elaborate on the law.

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As a regular reader of your magazine I thought it only fair to warn you it is illegal to post a person's name and address on any site with out their consent...

As the person in question has been sending his name and address to many third parties, I fail to see why his consent is required in this case.


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I would strongly advise you to remove this persons name and address from your forum as you are breaking the law.

As this person is also breaking the law, ie, falsely representing himself as being the review editor from the non-existent Australian office of Stereophile, I would have thought it a wash. We need to warn others not to send review samples to this person. Hard to do so without using his personal information, I would have thought.

Thank you for your advice.

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

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I certainly don't think you'll need one, but given the political climate in the state of New York one never knows. Should you need a legal defense fund over this issue, let those of us here know. I'm not that much of a Cheapskate and I'm sure others here aren't either.

Regards,

Clay White

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I would like to thank you as I have fallen once for this scam, making and sending a new $300.00 dollar pair of bookshelf 206 Martin Speakers overseas, I was appalled to say the least when I never received a call back, Thanks Stereophile! Mike Martin, Martin Speakers USA

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I was just tripping out on this old thread.......

Hey John,

it's NOT illegal to post someone's name on the internet; and no one posted his actual address anyway. In any case the only thing that would be illegal is if you posted the name of an actual person and stated something negative about them that wasn't true and it hurt them in some way (either emotionally, physically or corporately)....then that's illegal because it can then be construed as slander, and each state has different laws about this. Just posting the miscellaneous name of a 'more than likely' fictitious person in a public forum is NOT illegal. I'm in the entertainment business myself and I have no idea what that guy from Wardner Bros. pictures was talking about. Just an FYI.

-Tony

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He says he was from 'warn-a-brother', so I don't know what his problem was.

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