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I registered for this board a few months ago, but I also belong to another parenting forum online.
Last night, while visiting this other forum I belong to, I received a private message from another member who told me that there was a girl on the group who had been collecting a few of our children's photos and hoarding them in her photobucket account. I went into this photobucket account to see that 10 photos of my daughter had been copied and put into this personal photobucket account, along with a photo of my husband. I had these pictures in an album on this online forum so this member copied them from there. With further investigation by a couple members, they had found that this same person had a handful of myspace accounts, and a cafemom account in which they were using our childrens photos and claiming them as their own children. I was very angry and felt very violated. I post photos of my daughter to show how big she's getting and share with other members online not to think that someone would ever do such a thing.
I contacted photobucket and provided them with the information, and my photos of my family were removed from this photobucket account. Since then, members of the other forum I belong to have noticed that the account was put to private so we can no longer see what photos they do have. I wanted to post the link for you women to take a look at the photobucket account incase your children's photos could also be in there, because this person had many photos of different children, women, pregnant bellies, and sonogram photos. Obviously this is a big hobby for them.
Anyways, I wanted to post this in hopes that if they did visit this site, I might be contacted if my daughters photos are being used. I have a photo of her in my avi so you can see what she looks like. I don't want to post anymore until I am able to watermark all my photos, and I suggest all Moms who post pics of their children to do the same. This person goes by the name Courtney Blanco. That is probably not the real persons name, but it seems to be the name they register under all the accounts. She claims to be 14 in the group I belong to, although in many other accounts she is different ages.
If anyone would see any photos of my daughter being used by a different person, if you could send me a private message, that would be appreciated. Thank you.