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Active duty soldier forgot to log out of his gmail account on a "community" PC at a cigar bar...

So, I'm delivering a few boxes to a Cigar Lounge here in town and was waiting for the manager to come up front to sign the delivery receipt. I wasn't in a hurry since its Saturday and I didn't have many stops on my route today. There's a community PC located in the cigar "bar" lounge that I occasionally use to see whats happening on the DP or to check my email when I have a few extra minutes.

Anyhow...today when I sat down in front of the computer I realized that someone had forgotten to log off their gmail account. They had recently received an airline conformation number via email and a prompt box was open asking if the conformation was to be printed. I clicked no and decided to see if the account had any saved contacts. It had over 250! The contacts were even catagorized into groups such as work, family, friends, etc.

I checked the sent items and determined that the guy was an active duty soldier who had recently returned from the middle east. The inbox had a ton of emails. Most had been read but it appears the guy never deleted anything. There was an email from Senator Grassly having to do with some paperwork that the guy was needing to fill out relating to his transition back home from overseas and there were bunches of emails coming from and going to .mil addresses.

I decided to take the opportunity at hand and send out an email to his entire contact list. Obviously this was unexpected so I didn't know what to send but I decided to send a link to the 14 minute video from Architects & Engineers for 9/11 truth that talks about building 7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ONo...

and...I also included a link to http://wanttoknow.info/ If I'm not mistaken wantoknow.info was one of the sites that helped wake me up.

Who knows if the people that receive the email will click on the links but hopefully they will. I did log off the email account after sending the educational information to all of his friends, family, and co-workers.
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Umm...

No law was broken.

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.

Not exactly

fraud
/frôd/
Noun
Wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.
A person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities.

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Nope...

Study more. He sent links. He didn't profit from it. This subject is not up for debate. If you leave 100 bucks on that same table and it gets taken there is no law broken. It was a public place. Downvotes can't change facts. The OP never even said he claimed to be the sender.

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.

Fraud is not solely for

Fraud is not solely for personal gain..

A person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities.

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Identity Theft?

... at least.

Nope...

I'm sorry but your gmail account is not your identity.

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.

of course not! impossible.

how can anyone prove a specific person? and no one would even bother taking action since no harm was done. in other words a judge would probably laugh at this :D ;)

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You're joking, right?

Do I need to list the dozen or so keywords that would bring someone searching for the culprit directly to this page? Really?

How do you know no harm was done? He emailed 250 people, the majority of whom no doubt will not appreciate the information. Not to mention the colossal embarrassment to this soldier for leaving his account wide open. Maybe his coworkers and chain-of-command are in that list.

Think.

Ron Paul - Honorary Founding Father

maybe but he did nothing incriminating.

and to link some directly is virtually impossible. trust me on this.

OP didn't specify much

No name, no email address, no particular date, no address of the cafe. Chances are slim to none.

KEVIN

The authors of this post is named Kevin if that matters.

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Maybe you should read it again

Keywords include: Saturday, today's date, cigar lounge, gmail, video, "Architects & Engineers for 9/11 truth", wantoknow, and more. Likely specific enough to find this page if someone is determined.

Ron Paul - Honorary Founding Father

Stop causing undue fear

If OP is found out it will be based on video surveillance, period.

Do you have any idea how many posts could be found on the basis of information you just described? More than I can account for. Go ahead. Google search those terms.

This post comes up #1 in Google for:

"Architects & Engineers for 9/11 truth" cigar bar email

So....

GoodSamaritan's picture

Thanks for proving my point

You didn't even need to use all the possible terms.

Ron Paul - Honorary Founding Father

Irrelevant.

No law was broken. Next time he should sign out.

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.

I don't think that's

necessarily true. If I leave my car unlocked with the keys in it, does that give someone the right to take it?

OP disobeyed privacy laws and moral code. I don't agree with what he/she did, but I don't think any penalty should be incurred either.

Interesting point...

However, I believe legally your car is a different story as it is your physical property in the first place. Someone would have to enter your property without your permission. It was a public computer and legally google owns the account anyway.

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.

So - you'd be cool with it if it happened to you?

Right?

If I guess your password for PayPal, Gmail, whatever - it is cool... it is mine then, right? Is that what you are saying? Or do I have to get lucky and find a browser on-which you didn't log out? In that case, it would be fine?

If you happen upon an ATM machine and the machine still has the previous customer 'logged in' - you are free to take what you want, right? (there was such a story a few days ago... and it wasn't 'ok')

Greatest. Story. Ever.

All you down-votin' haters - get a grip.

btw it is very likely none of the emails will ever be opened:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTJHF_mkt6Q

Pandas eat bugs.

I do not applaude anyone who

does this, nobody speaks for me, and I don't speak for anyone. I consider my email part of my personal effects, and if I left it open in a public place I would hope the individual that discovers it logs me out. Good intentions but a poor ethical action.

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

OK, I am not going to beat around the Bush.

At a level, think what you did was awesome, but you should not have come here and said a word about it. That should have gone to the grave with you. Random acts of truth... I like the meme

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Ur an idiot

You should've used some common sense and just logged the previous user out.

Its good that someone without

Its good that someone without ill intent didnt get on there. However, it isnt right to just go snooping around like that. How often do people on here rail against police officers that snoop around in peoples stuff when they dont have the right to. Its nice that you sent some educational material, but the most I would have done was simply left him a message saying to please log off before leaving.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Personally

I wouldn't have emailed using the account. Thank God you ran across it, though, instead of someone willing to cause malicious harm.

I recall a similar situation months ago. My father bought a used phone via Amazon and to my surprise, it hadn't been reset to factory settings.

All of the old apps were still installed, even worse was the fact that the previous owner hadn't logged out from any of the accounts - including GMail and Facebook.

Before I reset the phone, I went on to the previous owners' GMail and emailed her through her own email address to inform her that she'd left everything quite wide in the open and to be more careful.

I would have done the same in this instance.