Scammers suck. period.
Once someone gets scammed usually they will make some sort of backlash video. Just about all of them being non-threatening and providing factual and helpful information, such as the name of the person, their online alias (like youtube, ebay name, etc.) and then of course… their home address.
Here is the problem I have almost as much as scammers. Someone is bound to make the following comments along the lines of “It sucks you got scammed, but you’re a dick for posting their home address.” “Yeah posting their home address is against the law and it can get you sued.”
Let me be the first to pop this bubble.
And the reason why I feel the need to address this topic is twofold:
1.) Scammers should get no benefit of the doubt.
2.) Making ignorant statements about the law seems highly unethical to me and happens way to often.
I’m a senior working on getting my Bachelors in Pre-law (paralegal studies) and have worked at law firms before. I only address these credentials because I have access to Westlaw, an online database that is very expensives, but allows firms to search every case, statute, court opinion, etc. both federal and state.
I’ve done a lot of research on this topic of whether or not "publicly exposing someone’s address over the internet is either: 1. a crime 2. invasion of privacy (civil law).
I have found nothing directly stating that this act is a crime. And I have no reason to believe so. Can you imagine law enforcement knocking on your door because you gave away someones home address on the internet? No? Me neither.
More importantly in regards to civil law, and actually having the scammer sue you (imagine that) they would have no case. I cite this case as the most important find: McNutt v. New Mexico State Tribune Co. 88 N.M. 162 (this can be googled)
Basically what happened is the plaintiff tried to sue for a few reasons, but the important one here being the publication of another’s home address. The higher court held that a home address is public fact and publication of it cannot be considered invasion of privacy.
Here is an excerpt from another case:
Again, I could go on about the topic, but the moral is that there is no law against publicizing someone else’s home address. Not to mention that if they tried to sue you they would have no grounds to do it, based on these two cases and many others.
I don’t encourage harassment, but I just wanted to make it clear that if anyone hears that statement, it is completely untrue.