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ETA 20/09/10 I am still updating this post, although I'm tending to add the names in batches so it may be a week or so before I get around to it.

If you have recently received a random message or contact from an unknown person containing text similar to the title, it may be a troll. His name seems to be Paul Melville Austin, but he uses a variety of pseudonyms, including Paul Benjamn Austin (also just plain Paul Austin) and Paul Sebastian Williams, to harass users and gain attention for himself. He seems to have accounts on both LiveJournal and Dreamwidth under the names of [personal profile] australianchild, [ profile] bullenemu, [ profile] colemancharlott and [ profile] tyne_wear (ETA Also [personal profile] marmaladeatkins, [personal profile] michellerowatt, [ profile] carlottecoleman, [ profile] marmaladeatkins, [ profile] thetestcard, [ profile] australiaoz, [ profile] marmalade44, [ profile] uline, [ profile] marmaladeat, [ profile] charcoleman, [ profile] ozaustralia, [ profile] marmalade00, [ profile] australian00s, [ profile] australiachild, [ profile] tyne_and_wear, [ profile] jasminebreaks, [ profile] aliciajohns, [ profile] w6chamap, [ profile] tynetees, [identity profile], [ profile] australia_oz, [identity profile], [ profile] aus_dw, [ profile] middletonkate, [ profile] phillipart,
P Bm Austin, Paul B. Austin and Jordy Lucas [Last three names are from Facebook]) but may have others. He is also known to use some non-journal nicknames and have multiple email addresses.

He has several behaviors, and a general pattern by which you can identify him;
*He contacts users, via email, IM's or private messages.
*He usually presents himself as either a young woman (generally using a stolen icon) or as an older, disabled man.
- His frequently changes his name with each contact.
*He will generally start out saying something like "can I talk to you?".
*He then launches into a story of abuse.
- Sometimes the abuse will be sexual and sometimes it is disability related, with either a sexual or humiliation component. The specific details vary from contact to contact.
*He will often express gender identity confusion and/or dating problems.
*He is interested in alternate history and fandom and will sometimes try to use this to get close to his new target.
*He often sets off the "squick-o-meter" when conversing with people. You may get a feeling that there is something Not Quite Right.
*On some occasions he has continued communication, even after being asked to stop

For example in August 2008 he posed as a High School Student called Marta ( who was a survivor of sexual abuse.

This behaviour has continued over many years. He may or may not be dangerous. Please use appropriate amounts of caution if you choose to interact with him. If you feel he is breaking or has broken the Dreamwidth or LiveJournal Terms of Service while interacting with you, please contact them immediately. They can be reached via or, as appropriate.

I am trying to collect more information about the people he contacts and his interactions with them. If you believe you may have had contact with one of his personas, please leave me a message on this post.

Comments are screened, please note whether you want the comment to remain screened or are happy to have it unscreened. Anon comments are allowed, but may not necessarily be unscreened.

The more people who know about this man and his MO, the fewer people he can harass and trick. So also, please consider linking or re-posting this note in your own journal.

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(no subject)

Date: 2010-03-04 05:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] perihadion
I've been contacted via PM over at LiveJournal (my account is penumbra over there) from his marmaladeat account. This was several months ago, maybe more than a year -- he just PMed me once, I never responded and he never contacted me again.

You can unscreen this.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-03-04 08:19 pm (UTC)
littledrop: (Default)
From: [personal profile] littledrop
I got one of those messages on LJ. I don't remember the username exactly, but thetestcard seems very, very familiar. Also, I find it so very not coincidental that one of the other usernames is tyne_and_wear. That's where I live.

So, yeah. That's creepy! Okay to unscreen.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-03-04 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
He contacted me a few years ago, under his now deleted account. At the time he was posing as a young high-school student with gender issues, unable to find any friends or make a relationship with and being bullied at school. He made a few critial mistakes.

When I linked him to places to get professional help, he blocked me, saying they were too far away. If he really wanted help, he should've been talking to them, not me.

The pictures he posted were not of himself.

When I made it clear I didn't believe him, and didn't want any more contact, he stopped trying to contact me.

I don't mind being unscreened.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-03-04 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
JSlayerUK over at LJ, and yes, I had a conversation with australiachild a while back over the messaging system - he claimed to be XXY or something, I can't recall exactly. I tried to be polite and give advice on dealing with the bullies at school and his parents, and then he disappeared. I just shrugged it off.

But wow. That's weird. I wonder what would lead someone to do that?

(feel free to unscreen if you like)

(no subject)

Date: 2010-03-30 09:14 am (UTC)
innerbrat: (thing)
From: [personal profile] innerbrat

This morning I was contacted on LJ by w6chamap, claiming to be a 15 year old boy with AIS. He hit my trolldar pretty hard but I played a long for a few messages before deciding that even if I'd only bee researching AIS on Wikipedia for half an hour, I was still confident that his symptoms as described were totally made up and cut the dialogue short.

I shall be reposting to my LJ, most likely. OK to unscreen.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-04-13 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] puzzlement
I received an email yesterday from Mech Minx (mechminx @

Subject: Hi

I saw your site - can i talk with you?

This comment can be unscreened. I'll leave a screened comment in reply with the full email headers.
Edited Date: 2010-04-13 11:58 pm (UTC)

(no subject)

Date: 2010-06-04 06:36 pm (UTC)
princess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] princess
I got hit by [personal profile] michellerowatt today. Have alerted my access list, and am dropping the banhammer. (I don't particularly care if this stays screened.)

(no subject)

Date: 2010-06-30 11:43 pm (UTC)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
Popping back into this post because I think this guy is operating again - I just got a pm from an openID account:


Just want to let you know i enjoy reading your posts and fics
may i add you as a friend?

I don't know if I'm being paranoid or not. It's a creepily generic message - easily cut and pasted. The openID account has no information in the profile. "Maullauna" is the name of a school and a retirement village in Victoria, Australia.

If you're still monitoring this post, I'm happy for you to unscreen this comment.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-10 10:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vass
I've got a new one for you: [ profile] mullauna. Contacted me and two other people on my friends list. When I confronted him he admitted to being Paul, and said he was seeing a psychologist, and that he'd started doing this twelve years ago! He didn't express any remorse, and it wasn't clear from his comment whether he was seeing the psychologist for his pattern of harassing women or just for being lonely, fat, disabled, and bullied at school. You can unscreen.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-17 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
He's got a new account - [profile] australia_oz. Not very original but he contacted me today. I plan to ignore him.

This is fine to be unscreened.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-17 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
He's got a new account - [profile] australia_oz. Not very original but he contacted me today. I plan to ignore him.

This is fine to be unscreened. And thnak you for having this post - I googled his name and it was close enough to find!

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-18 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I got a message from him a few months back under the LJ name "bullenemu" (it is now deleted). Just yesterday he messaged me again under the LJ name "australia_oz".

He's definitely not shy, that's for sure!

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-18 06:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] weaver
Hi. Just adding to the list of names - Same guy. Unscreen away.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-09-04 09:03 pm (UTC)
aellia: (Default)
From: [personal profile] aellia
I had this a few weeks ago on LJ

from larphilipart
I saw your journal - can i talk with you?
not a bot just a new account

Another possible user name?

Date: 2010-09-06 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi, I found this post through an LJ community. The other day I had the following message on LJ from 'middletonkate':

can i talk with you?
not a bot just a new account
hoping you have a heart and a open ear today

It rang bells and I re-found this post and can't help but suspect it may be the same person. They purport to be from New South Wales, Australia and have a user picture of a teenager/young woman with long brown hair wearing a blue satin dress. I have banned them so don't know what their 'story' is but thought I'd give you the heads-up.

Feel free to unscreen.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-09-09 03:52 pm (UTC)
rhivolution: text only: "I hate so much about the things that you choose to be." (sheer disgust: TO (US) quote)
From: [personal profile] rhivolution
Yesterday I received a PM on LJ that reads almost exactly like one of these instances. Looks like he's back at it again.

(unscreen if you like)

(no subject)

Date: 2010-09-11 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was just contacted by this person about an hour ago through P Bm Austin ('s Facebook account. The person said she was contacting me because I knew Jon Blum. (I actually don't, though I do follow him on Facebook; he's more a "friend of multiple friends" in Who fandom.)

I thought the initial message seemed familiar, then discovered that I was contacted by the Marmelade44 identity back in December, and though I sent a reply at the time, there was no follow-up. This time, I've gotten a message explaining the medical condition, which prompted me to do some Googling, which lead me to here.

You may unscreen this if you wish.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-09-19 06:36 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi, directed here by a friend. Happy for this to be unscreened - he also seems to be on Facebook; a screenshot of the message I got is here:

(no subject)

Date: 2010-09-20 12:42 pm (UTC)
sashataakheru: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sashataakheru
Man, if I'd known he was a troll, I'd have ignored the request. He contacted me under the name [ profile] phillipart, asking to talk. And I did talk to him for a while that evening, but I didn't give him any contact details, just some vague advice about things. I thought he was legit, but whatever. He never contacted me again at any rate.

I'd actually forgotten all about this until I saw a post about it on my flist tonight.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-09-20 12:44 pm (UTC)
sashataakheru: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sashataakheru
Also, yes, you can unscreen my comment.
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