July 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM ET
lt was meant as a "prank," but it wound up terrifying the victim: A male "friend" placed a Craigslist ad in a woman's name, along with graphic photos of her, inviting men to respond in kind and send porn photos of themselves to the woman.
The woman, a resident of Chesterfield Township, Michigan, received more than 80 text messages within the first hour the ad was placed online, she told police.
"The person who posted it thought it would be funny, and didn't think it would get that many responses," Detective Sergeant Deron Myers of the Chesterfield Police told msnbc.com.
After the victim contacted police, they got a search warrant for Craigslist to find out the name of the person who put the ad online. When the victim learned it was a friend of hers, she declined to press charges, Myers said. And the "friend" was appropriately remorseful, he said.
"It got way more attention than he thought" it would, Myers said. In the end, "All parties just kind of shrugged it off as a tasteless joke."
Not all such incidents work out that way. Last year, Tracy Wilder, of Florida, started getting knocks on her door, emails and text messages after the wife of Wilder's ex-husband placed a steamy Craigslist ad in Wilder's name, giving out her phone number and inviting men to come to Wilder's home, with children living there.
The experience was "absolutely appalling," Wilder told TODAY's Ann Curry, last summer. (That video interview is below.)
— Via Patch.com