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Back on September 21st. We had a incident that involved police including the feds. Our son did something stupid with the computer. We were not allowed to know exactly what our son did on the internet with some buddies he met online that brought feds to our house. Basically I know nothing about nothing. At that time all our computers were seized including my palm pilot I use for work and my digital camera. They even took our cable modem. Well the feds do not know I was back up online a few days later. They figured by taking the cable modem we'd not have our internet. Well I immediately went out got a new modem. My bil loaned us a computer he was not using at home. By that same weekend I was online again partially back to normal. I figured I'm not being punished for our teen sons stupidity and wrong doing. It''s been a little over a month we still do not have our stuff back. Nor do we know what is going on with this case or were not advised to get a lawyer. Lawyers are to expensive. We'd have to take the public defender if our son needs a lawyer in the future. Dh is so lazy about all this. He would not call anyone about any of this. He won't even call an attorney like one from legal aid which are cheap. Just to see what our rights are. I work all week the 6-2:30pm shift. I don't have time at work to be on the phone with anyone. Besides work is not a good place to discuss this incident on a phone. Anyone could be listening in. When I get home I'm to tired physically and mentally to deal with this. Dh is home all day. He does not work due to having MS. He could pick up the phone and call.
I get a day off today. I finally call the feds at our local office. Give them the case number listed on the warrent when they took our stuff. This person there said well these things take a long time. There are many cases pending. Bla bla bla. I said police told us dh and I would get our stuff back in about 2 weeks. But our sons will be gone indefinately. As his computer may be used as evidence. I told this guy today I don't care what you do to our sons computer. But I want to know when I can have mine and dh's stuff. I want my palm pilot back. I use it for work. But know if you give my stuff back now. It will be wiped clean. I can't restore what was on the palm pilot if it is wiped clean. Said well dh and I should not be punished for what our son did. That dh and I did not comitt any crime. So stop punishing us like we did. We were not even adivsed to get a lawyer not that we can afford one. This guy said he'd check into things and call us back. It was like he was giving us the brush off. I got the feeling the feds are still watching our every move. They probably have our phone line tapped and all that. They're probably making sure we're not doing something stupid. I walk on eggshells every day not knowing what the feds will do next about what our son did. All I know is if our son told the truth about what happened. That he did not know the buddies online did something stupid. That he assumed these buddies were showing him some new programing that would allow his computer to do all this stuff. He would not be punished would go on some second chance thing. If he stays out of trouble they'd wipe his record clean after a time period. Or that is what police said. I think our son knew something was up. How come he'd leave his computer on 24/7. We have Road Runner so the internet is always on. I think he let the online buddies send information to his computer via the internet that caused all the problems. Thinking it was something harmless. I hope he learned a big lesson by all this. And now there is no unsupervised internet for our son. All this time our son told me he was learning new programing skills and using the internet for homework purposes. I was nieve to all this. Not thinking how much trouble he could get into on the internet. I was mainly worried about pornography and sexual preditors online. Not thinking the things these online buddies involved our son in. Even though I don't know exactly what they did online. Just it caused at least 5000$ in damages. I am still very angry, upset. I am a total nervouse wreck over this.
1... Call your local police department and talk with the detectives
2... if they don't do anything go higher... I MEAN HIGHER... call your congressman or your state rep... or put an add in the paper... you have to know what your son has done. That is strange that they won't tell you what happened... Is he under 18
That is a little odd sounding to me. They have to tell you what is going on with your son because he is under age. I agree with loving Alissa and Olivia, if the Feds dont want to answer your questions, keep asking and keep going up the chain! I sure as the heck wouldnt let someone take my stuff without giving me a good reason for it. Are you sure that these people are really Feds and not some scam going around?