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A cyber stalking story Part 2

Dave Farrow

30-July-2015 On the Interweb, no one knows you’re a dog… until the investigation.

Read Part 1 here.

“When you receive an email that look like it’s from me, and says certain info about me that can be acquired on the net, they you pretty much think it’s me,” said Dave Farrow, who knows what it’s like to be a cyber-stalking victim. “It’s so simple to impersonate me – he used This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He stole from us, did credit card fraud, wire fraud, and made threats to my family. My only recourse is to tell everyone I know to double check if the message really is from me.”

A featured guest on popular television shows, the two-time Guinness World Record Holder for memory can remember the order of 59 different decks of cards.  

Through hard work and study Farrow turned his dyslexia and ADHD into an advantage. He’s been teaching, instructing, and researching memory improvement techniques for 20 years.

After separating a memory game event from Simon Luisi, Farrow and others began receiving emails disparaging Farrow, and saying that he’d cheated to win his Guinness record.

Upon gathering sufficient proof of his innocence and of the perpetrator’s guilt, Farrow approached law enforcement.

Police recommend sharing of information, and there is a third party website that posted a summary of the police report. Read a summary of the police report and police contact information here.

In 2013 Farrow began telling people about the police report. It notes that Luisi has attempted fraud and used false email addresses to impersonate others in his attempt to damage Farrow’s reputation.

Once it appeared online, an administrator of the Memory Athletes Association (MAA) Facebook page called the victims cowards for using a third party site and attacked the case, according to Farrow.  

“Simon’s still able to dupe people like those of the MAA, which puts on competitions every year,” Farrow said. “The MAA has acted unprofessionally though, so I had to go to their bosses – they’re associated to a group called Dart Neuroscience. This is a serious matter. We’re still waiting for a response.”

Interestingly, Farrow noted the direct stalking stopped on the day the police spoke to Luisi.

“We were getting three emails a day from these anonymous places, and it just stopped overnight. Which is another bit of proof that it was him.”

Since the police spoke to Luisi, Farrow said Luisi engages in peripheral attacks, disparaging Farrow on forums and via email messages to other parties. Of course Farrow wants it to stop… the difficulty is that defamation is difficult to prove.

“We want the World Memory Championships (WMC) to give us the other half of the information we need to prove defamation,” he said. “For whatever reason they won’t release the stalker emails. Going public is the only option.” [WMC ignored repeated requests for comment from Securebuzz.]

Jurisdiction plays a role in why building a case to prove Internet harassment differs from building a case for sexual or physical harassment. Perpetrators and victims may live in different provinces or states, while servers may reside on different continents.

Farrow believes Luisi uses cyber stalking as a way to push Farrow out of the top spot in memory game events.

“Anyone who looks at this case with an open mind, will see he decided to break the law and terrorize people in an attempt to get his game off the ground,” said Farrow. “And our games are different. We do a tournament style which is more fun for young people. His is called exam style, which you can see from the name is not as popular. I’d like to see those who go to his game be warned and protected. And I’d like to see those associated with him see him for who he really is.”

Farrow wants to protect the memory game players – he doesn’t want players harassed or attacked, or their email addresses used for nefarious purposes.

“We know who it is, and we have the details, yet people who know him and have not experienced his stalking behavior don’t want this to be true,” Farrow said. “I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights after people turned on me and attacked me for things I didn’t say or do. I see going public as the only way to fight this. I have no choice but to be a spokesperson for cyber stalking.”