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Predatory PR

Phil Harvey
3/20/2006

1:00 PM -- His name is Ryan Fitzgerald.

From The Philter's PR round file, the worst press release in recent weeks. It was sent by a chap named Ryan Fitzgerald. And, if you've been biting your lips over the last few years as you acknowledge the rise of the Internet in our culture today, just wait 'til you read this:

MYSPACE: DANGER LEVEL RISES EVERYDAY
Cyber Meeting Becoming Ever So Popular. The Question is...Are You Really Safe?

Southbridge, MA- Parents world wide have been biting their lips over the last few years as they acknowledge the rise of the internet in our culture today. There is much controvery circling around about how safe it is for kids to be surfing the net. In the center of all of this controversy lies a website called MySpace. An online site dedicated to helping people connect and stay in touch world wide. The statistics are in and sadly 1 in 5 children are approached online by a Predator. One person decided to try and help people gain awarness of this on going problem. His name is Ryan Fitzgerald. He is the Owner of www.twincandytees.com. A website dedicated to help people understand how dangerous the cyber world is.

"Look around on MySpace. Most people (girls especially), are giving out detailed information about where they live right on their Profile Page," Ryan said. "More than 50,000 people per day are creating Accounts on MySpace." MySpace was created in 2003 by Tom Anderson. The website does not permit people giving out detailed information, yet you are allowed to hint at where you are from. If you take a look around for yourself, you will see dozens of blind teens giving out information just over the simple fact that "they think it will never happen to them." This is the attitude online predators look for.

MySpace has no user requirements and is free. Anyone can join. The Abercrombie Poster Boy you talk to, may easily be that online predator in disguise. Ignorance here plays a very hurtful role. Many teens do not recognize the danger of the cyber world. Raging hormones combined with the "looking for a good time" mentality cause people to not see the truth about others.

Twincandytees.com was founded in early 2006 by identical twins Sean and Ryan Fitzgerald to provide people with awareness of the Internet World. They offer a range of MySpace themed T-Shirts exposing the truth of what really is going on behind the curtains. "The general reason behind the website was just to inform people of the danger. We originally didn't even decide to make shirts until a few people mentioned it to us." Ryan says. Sean stated,"A few parents came to us and thought it would be great to get this message out in a better form. Instead of just writing information on a site, why not try to show people by selling something. We specifically made prices on the shirts cheap, so people didn't feel as though they were buying something, but more like contributing to something for a good cause."

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If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Ryan and Sean Fitzgerald, please call them at 508-764-7212 or e-mail them at [email protected]

Thanks, Ryan. We are most encouraged to see dozens of blind teens giving out information. Our stock in Braille keyboards has never been higher.

— Phil Harvey, MySpace, YourSpace, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off Editor, Light Reading

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vsmad
12/5/2012 | 3:59:20 AM
re: Predatory PR
Well, my firsthand experience with this so-called "company" ended in me getting scammed out of $100.00. Ryan Fitzgerald indicated he had a product for sale, agreed upon a price and had money sent to his paypal business account:twincandytees.com. Money was sent and what a surprise... Bait and switch scam. After recieving $100, he then requested another $100 for the item to be delivered. Once threatened with IC3 fraud complaint and notified that the deal was off and the product was no longer wanted he quickly sent the information(product) by e-mail which turned out to be fraudulent information anyways of no use whatsoever.

Product:World of Warcraft game character Account
Original Price: $100 US dollars

Product useless since his account that he represented as good was actually banned due to his previous violations of WoW's Terms of Service.

So in short he is a scammer and I'd be very hesitant to send him anything, especially $14.95 for one of his t-shirts. Chances are you will never get what you paid for.

Think twice on these kids before you send them money. They are crooks.
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