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Old 01-16-2010, 05:17 AM
Location: New England
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Default How anonymous is Craigslist? Craigslist Question -

Is it at all possible for someone to find out who I am, if I post something on Craigslist?

I want to reveal a license plate. They were drunk driving. And not too much burns my rear end more than a drunk driver. Called the state police, and followed the guy for about 8 miles. Had to get off the highway, don't know if they caught him.

Is there any way someone could find out it was me?

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Old 01-16-2010, 06:12 AM
Location: Closer than you think !
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I totally agree that drunk drivers should be taken off the road - even with a surface to surface missile, but what good would it do to post a license number What did the state police say ??
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:43 AM
Location: Matthews, NC
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I don't know the laws about posting a license plate number but if it is against the law and the police were motivated enough, I would have to say yes they would be able to find you. I also wonder what good it would do. Unless you live in a very small town the odds of anyone knowing that plate are slim. Heck, I barely know what my plate number is.
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by DFOR View Post
Is it at all possible for someone to find out who I am, if I post something on Craigslist?
By themselves? Not by the posting itself*.

Through legal channels? Yes they could.

Everything you do especially on a site like Craigslist is logged and kept for a very long time. With a site like that probably indefinitely.

*You have to keep in mind there's a lot of "gotachas", for example although I have no access to your IP here I can easily find it out. I'll keep the "how" to myself but it's easily done. An IP by itself i usually pretty useless for most people and it really depends on where it resolves to on how much more information you could get.

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Old 01-17-2010, 12:53 AM
Status: "Character is what you do when no one is looking..." (set 22 days ago)
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I don't think so..... ( please, correct me if I am wrong)
All you need to do is to give them your email when you register ( they will send you confirmation), but you do not need to give any of your "real" info when getting a new email address.. Gmail.com, usa.com, mail.com and sure many others do not require that you put your real name, address, ph# etc.
You can post the car license plate - is not copyright, and is a public knowledge.
I don't know if this will do you any good, but is doable...
... and when you post it from a public computer... I don't think that any "gotachas" will help in finding who you are...
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:10 AM
Location: NH
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Your email address is all they need to find you, not to mention your IP address was likely logged, even easier to find you with that.
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