Thursday, August 6, 2009

Just a little FYI...

I came across this article this morning at: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,536294,00.html?mep

Mother Finds Her Baby Son Up for Adoption on Craigslist
Monday, August 03, 2009


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MyFOXBoston.com


The photo of 7-month-old Jake Brennan that appeared in a Craigslist adoption scam ad.
A Massachusetts mother was horrified when she found her 7-month-old child’s photo on popular promotions site, Craigslist, advertising his own adoption.


MyFOXBoston reports that a stranger alerted Jenni Brennan of Abington, Mass. to the photo, which involved her 7-month-old son, Jake, in an online adoption scam. The ad read: “A CUTE BABY BOY FOR ADOPTION HE IS VERY HEALTHY AND READY FOR ADOPTION FOR MORE YOU COME BACK TO US.”

Brennan responded to the ad, receiving an email describing her son as Canadian but currently living in an African orphanage.

She said the photo was from her family’s blog.

“I know he wasn’t being physically harmed and no one was going to come to our door and try to take him, but I felt like his likeness was being violated," she told MyFOXBoston.

She alerted the FBI and attorney general’s office to the scam. Yahoo! has also removed the scammer’s email addresses.


Just wanted to share that with you ladies. I know some of you post pictures of children on your blog. The baby's picture is included, but I just didn't feel right putting it on this blog after reading it. Thought you'd like to know...

12 comments:

Practically Perfect... said...

Oh, my, word. Yikes.

short southern momma said...

Oh, how awful. I am seriously thinking about taking the picture I have up down. Thanks so much for the info!

Natalie said...

Oh. My. That is awful. Isn't there some way to protect ourselves from that? Maybe copy writing the images. It has to be illegal to portray someone else's child as your own.

Christin said...

Holy. Moly. That is insane! Some people in this world scare me.

Little Mrs Domestic said...

That's exactly why I don't share photos of my kids or family! Thanks for sharing.

Lauren Kelly said...

This is C.R.A.Z.Y!!!

The lengths people will go to these days!

Amy said...

Oh my gosh! It's so sick what people will do.

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

I read this article and was very disturbed by it, too! I then started freaking out about the fact that I have my own picture all over my blog (not that I would be put up for adoption - but who knows where else it could wind up!).

Sweet Mama Jones said...

Sicko's...thats totally frightening! Warped people needed to get the beat down. Ugh.

Jenni said...

Thank you for posting the link. I am the mommy in the story and am glad that people are getting the warning about blog safety. We live in a sad world :(

pocket full of pink said...

That is terrible! And so scary! Thanks for sharing this.

thepreppyprincess said...

This one is just so wrong on so many fronts, it is scary. Amazing.

Glad you are doing better Miss Belle, we have been thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.
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