A San Antonio woman is fighting back after finding out her phone number was placed in a lewd ad online.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (WOAI) -- In a bizarre case of identity theft, a woman says her phone number is listed in a lewd ad online - but she didn't put it there. She turned to News 4 for help because she wants the creepy phone calls and text messages to stop.
"Asking me if I give massages and how much," the woman we're calling Abby reads from one text. The messages are from strange numbers - would-be customers who are contacting her in the middle of the night.
"Are you available at night?" Abby reads from another.
"They put your number on this website." We're hiding her identity because she doesn't want people to think that she's the one who posted the online ad. "I didn't post that ad," Abby says.
The person in the ad's picture claims to be a college student selling body rubs. "Again, not me," Abby says. "This is not a picture of me."
But the ad lists Abby's phone number. "I don't know how they got my phone number or why it's up there," she says.
It's called the World Wide Web for a reason: anyone, anywhere can see what's online - including personal information that you did not post. The site where Abby's number is posted is called Backpage.
Law enforcement use it regularly to catch sex traffickers and the people who pay for them. "There was a lot of nudity," Abby says. "A lot of girls, I guess, just selling their bodies online."
She doesn't know if the person who posted the ad simply made a typo or if her number is listed as a joke.
"It's not funny," Abby says. "It's very immature."
If something like this ever happens to you, San Antonio Police recommend you file a police report to protect yourself and your reputation - then follow up with SAPD's forgery unit at (210) 207-7451.
Abby says there will be consequences if she ever finds out who did this. "I'm going to get a lawyer and I'm going to prosecute them," she says. News 4 contacted Backpage around noon Wednesday to get the ad removed for her. The website promised a "prompt" response but we're still waiting.
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