SoCalHiker wrote:MoapaPk wrote:Man, I missed that story. That was the surfer dude on Hawaii, right? What happened here?
The thread has been deleted. It was just a prank by someone who claimed to be the Jack Johnson surfer/musician, and was trying to see how many folks s/he could catch in the trolling nets.
My point is that if the phony user links to a famous person's website, it is usually pretty easy to get the webmaster of that site to verify/deny the claim. The PR people are very concerned about image and possible ID theft for nefarious reasons, so they won't let this stuff go long. In some cases they try to track the claimant back to the originating IP address.