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Malicious cyber prank links woman to Craigslist ad
KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- A northern Kentucky woman thinks she's the victim of a vicious prank and is ready for it to stop.
She started getting texts and voice messages two days ago that seem to be responses to a sexually charged online ad, an ad she knows nothing about. Local 12's Joe Webb has been following the story. At least two of the text messages mentioned seeing an ad on Craigslist from a woman who wanted her fantasy fulfilled.
The victim contacted the Sheriff's Office and was told there's really not a whole lot they can do. Karen Koeppe's phone is full of unexpected texts and voice mail messages she started getting Monday morning. The first one came at 9:35a.m. while she was cooking breakfast.
Karen Koeppe tells Joe Webb, "And it's like, 'Hi, honey. I saw your ad today and you have such a fantasy. I'd like to help you fulfill it.' I was like, this is certainly not for me and then a picture came and I realized what kind of fantasies they were trying to fulfill."
She thought it was just a mistake until her phone lit up with more texts and voice mail messages.
"About 150. 150 texts. And I have phone messages where you can't even get into my phone voicemail any more because there are so many," she said.
Somehow, Koeppe's personal cell phone number was linked to a personal ad she didn't post. Two texts referred to an ad on Craigslist. Local 12 tried to find it and couldn't. The Kenton County Sheriff's office sent an e-mail to Craigslist and they couldn't find it either. They asked for more information.
Col. Pat Morgan of the Kenton County Sheriff's office said, "Right now, there's no crime that we know of. We're not sure if it's somebody playing a joke on her. If it's somebody who is mad at her. We're not sure. They're not sure."
If it's a joke, Koeppe isn't laughing. She says she feels like a crime victim. She says she's been robbed of her ability to trust anyone.
"It puts a distrust in my life now that I didn't have before and that's sad," she said.
The Sheriff's office says it hoped to work with Craigslist to get the ad down in 24 hours but they couldn't find it and it may already be removed.
The calls and texts stopped Wednesday morning. It's just another reminder to protect your personal information as much as you can. Most of the calls and texts came from the 513 and 859 area codes. But several came from the Louisville area and eastern Kentucky.
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