TikTok user @carrillokaren tracked down the man who plastered her private information and pictures all over Reddit.
Carrillo detailed in a two-part video that her friend made her aware of a dangerous Reddit group called Fresno After Dark.
This Reddit group is just one of many that are devoted to tracking down women, disclosing their names and contact information, as well as their pictures. For many, it is an outlet for revenge, a place where spiteful people can post about their exes.
Carrillo explained that it was a friend who notified her that a picture of her at the beach was featured on the “disturbing” online community and that this user was looking to find her.
“I have a friend who spends time on these websites, not for the same reason, but to help out girls whose pictures are getting plastered,” she said.
Carrillo continued her story and said that her friend messaged the user, asking to be his friend on Snapchat.
The Reddit user was reluctant at first, but the friend shared her Snapchat friend code and told him to add her. Once he did that, Carrillo recognized the name, Jacob Cruz. He had recently sent her a DM on Instagram.
To verify that her hunch was right, she chatted him up, with the intent of getting his Snapchat. When the Snapchats didn’t add up, the friends continued to dig. They later discovered that he had multiple accounts.
Eventually, they were able to confirm that he was indeed the same person, so Carrillo messaged him.
She was dismayed to learn that Jacob Cruz was an old friend from middle school and he was the one who had given up her information to strangers online. “You only know people so little,” she said in the first video.
Women shared their own harrowing experiences in the comments.
In response, some commenters shared helpful tips and praised Carrillo for speaking up.
Many users expressed their wish for more online security.
In a second video, Carrillo shared that she is no longer friends with the person who helped her track down Jacob Cruz when she learned that their intentions weren’t good.
Be careful online y’all. If you ever find yourself targeted online, please contact authorities.