WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Someone is sending unsolicited packages to underage girls and it is alarming parents in several states.
- The Covington County (Alabama) District Attorney’s Office has reported over 50 elementary school girls receiving care packages, containing food and a letter signed “Atur Bhuck of Santa Fe, NM.”
- The D.A.’s office began issuing a warning with the words “Predator alert.”
The FBI is investigating who is sending more than 50 creepy packages to underage girls in several states. Each package contains food and a letter signed by “Atur Bhuck.”
In the letter, Bhuck describes himself as a mentally disabled 14-year-old who was a target of bullying in the past. He sent the packages to the girls so they can write him back via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
However, the D.A.’s office has found that the package sender may be a predator. Investigators revealed that the IP address of the Gmail account, which is also used to order and ship the packages, seems to originate in Houston.
“Each order included the name of the girl and the address of the elementary school she attends. The same IP address has also appeared on websites discussing girls’ underwear and types of music to listen to when he visits his pen pal in Phenix City,” the D.A.’s office posted on Facebook.
“Students in the school district had never been in contact with any mailing. No student was ever in contact with any mailing of the sort. … The matter is under investigation,” the post read.
Authorities have not released the name of a suspect or announced any arrests but they urged parents whose child has been targeted to call 334-222-2513.
Predators usually target preteens or young teens, according to Farley International, because they use the Internet often but still vulnerable to predation. Farley is a Chicago-based provider of child abuse training and consulting services.
In a slideshow presentation aimed to educate law enforcement officers, Farley International describes a predator as someone who “spends an enormous amount of time talking with the victim initially online and then later utilizing a cellphone” and “encourages her to create a private email account and/or point of contact.”
When the “predator” has selected his potential victim, he sends her “unexpected e-cards or gifts.” Experts call this “technology-facilitated grooming.”
The FBI and school officials have been on alert.
Source: The Washington Post