You only have to think of the most esoteric thing like ‘African Swallows’ and BANG someone’s wobbly parts are on your screen like Godwin’s Law in suspenders.
Now what’s agreed between consenting adults and sites that are open and legitmate about what they’re doing and how much it’ll cost is perfectly fine (if you’re into that sort of thing) but what if someone was allegedly using your own esoteric passion, say Doctor Who, dishonestly with the intention of making money from it?
SFX has been indulging in a little investigative journalism and has found something rotten that combines desperate elements such as Twitter, Doctor Who and naked fan girls.
This cautionary tale begins when @Roguecyberman joins Twitter, befriends lots of Doctor Who fans and begins to tweet about which episodes he’s been watching and so on.
A short while later a website roguecyberman.com is registered with WhoisGuard – a site used mostly to protect registered users from spam – although it can also be used to hide your identity acting as the middle man between you and your site.
What then ensued was both fascinating and slightly scary. It’s certainly concerning and telling in this day and age that someone should cynically exploit any online community, but particularly sad that Doctor Who fans have been targeted in this way.
The facts are, however, that @roguecyberman has done nothing illegal and the site does include the small print stating you will be charged if you don’t cancel your trial. Of course what isn’t clear, and what probably never will be clear, is whether or not the girls were genuine. After all, this is the Internet, the home of anonymity.
Ultimately, you’re on your own when it comes to the seedier side of life online – so it is best avoided.