Monthly Archives: May 2015

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SnapMail would have saved Sisters beaten up by Scumbags they met on Facebook

Sisters Amy, 21 and Nicole Rice, 19, from Dublin, Ireland suffered an horrendous ordeal at the hands of a couple of Scumbags they had met a few weeks previously on Facebook.  When you read what happened you can see how the SnapMail app could have prevented this happening.

They met the two men, aged 25 and 30, at a bus stop and arrived at the men’s apartment shortly after 7.30pm. Soon after, Amy said, one of the men, started “acting weird”.

“They started to get aggressive and my sister got up to leave…and one of them pulled her hair, pushed her to the ground and started kicking her in the head.”  Amy attempted to intervene to save her younger sister but the other man started to beat her in a frenzied attack.

“They tied us up with rags and put them on our mouths and just kept laughing and laughing as they beat us up,” Amy said.  The sisters said the men asked them to ring “someone with money to pay a ransom” which would set them free.

But when the sisters said they didn’t have any money in their family, they were beaten further.

“Nicole made a run to the corridor outside and fell on the stairs trying to get away and passed out at the bottom.

“They thought she was dead and started ringing people on the phone and saying they needed to dig holes in the Wicklow mountains as they didn’t know what to do with these girls,” Amy said.

Amy said the last thing she remembered was her sister’s lifeless body lying at the bottom of the stairs before she blacked out.

“I was so scared,” said Amy, “I thought we were going to die, I was full sure they were going to kill us.”

“They eventually let us go at about 3pm and said if we went to the guards they would kill us and our family.”

The sisters, who were covered in blood, ran out of the apartment and flagged down a man who was driving by with two children. He brought them straight to hospital.  The sisters believe they may have been drugged on the night of their ordeal.  The sisters suffered severe head injuries. Amy suffered a suspected fractured jaw and Nicole a broken nose.

It could have been so different if they had the SnapMail app on their mobile phones.  One click and they would have had the photo of the two men stored in their private account on the SnapMail website, regardless of whether their phones were stolen or not.

And if they had subscribed to SnapMail Emergency, the premium version of the app, 5 of their Friends would have been notified of their order within 5 minutes of the trouble starting.

Download SnapMail today to prevent something like this happening to you.


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Never meet a stranger without SnapMail – here’s why

Here is a frightening story about a guy who went to meet a stranger who was interested in buying his car.  You can read the full story here but basically a man who went to meet a woman he had contacted online was the victim of a car jacking, according to police in Ireland.

 

The 28-year-old man told police that he had been waiting to meet a woman he had met online when he became the victim of crime.  The pair had arranged to meet up at a car park close to a town centre and the man said he was waiting there when he was approached by a man with a knife.  The thief demanded his wallet and the keys to his jeep.

 

He was then put under duress and had to show the thief how to start the jeep as it is an automatic.

Police say the victim was left in fear.  A spokesman for the Irish police advised anyone arranging to meet up with someone they have contacted online to be careful.

 

The free SnapMail app could easily have prevented this crime from happening.  One quick photo of the thief and the game is up for him.  Why would a guy commit a crime if he knows his photo is recorded at the scene of the crime at that time?  You can’t have an alibi when you’ve just been SnapMailed!

 

The premium version of the app, called SnapMail Emergency, alerts 5 of your friends by an SOS text and e-mail if you find yourself in a vulnerable situation like this.

 

Download the free version of SnapMail by clicking here, before you can upgrade to the premium version.

 

Finally, if you do take a photo using the SnapMail app and you need help identifying the person in the photo, we can post it for you on the SnapMail Gallery for it to be shared.


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SnapMail app fails to save man’s imaginary friend from vicious killing

As a crime prevention device the SnapMail app is a brilliant way to protect against a mugging, stalking, sexual assault or even murder.  One quick snap and an attacker knows anything he does after that is only going to make it worse.

It is with deep regret that we must announce that SnapMail failed to protect Geoff Gaylord’s imaginary friend from what appears to have been a frenzied and vicious knife attack which ultimately resulted in what must have been a horrific death for the imaginary friend.

The details are still emerging but from this article it appears that Mr Gaylord (pictured) had repeatedly stabbed his friend “Mr. Happy” with a kitchen knife, cut up Mr. Happy with a hatchet, and buried him in his backyard.  Police have yet to release a photo of Mr Happy, but we will be sure to publish it as soon as it becomes available.

In fairness to the remorseful Mr Gaylord he turned himself in to Florida Police and asked for the death penalty, preferably “right now”.  In his defence, he did state that one of the reasons he killed Mr Happy was because he was “messy”.  And judging by the photo of Mr Gaylord, he’d know!

For anyone who has downloaded the free SnapMail app on the basis that it could also protect imaginary friends, please contact us here for a full refund.


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Any sympathy for a guy who tried to rob an escort at gunpoint?

The SnapMail app has been designed to protect individuals who find themselves in a wide variety of vulnerable situation.  In almost all of these situations the individual finds themselves alone.  Women who work as prostitutes, or escorts as polite society tends to describe them, are the type of people who frequently find themselves alone in vulnerable situations.

An article from 2012 in the Business Insider magazine claims there are between 40m and 42m prostitutes in the world, 80% of whom are female.  There are over 1m escorts in the US, even though Nevada is the only state in which prostitution is legal.

I read this recent article which typifies the type of vulnerable situations in which female escorts find themselves.  In summary, the man told police that he ‘decided to rob the woman as he had been with her before and he knew she was small’.  He demanded money from her and threatened to rape her in her own home.

Unfortunately for him, she had a firearms licence and spotted what he was carrying was a fake gun.  After a brief tussle she fought him off and he fled.  As the Judge noted “She wasn’t as small as he thought.”

The most remarkable element of this story is that the Judge did not send the guy to jail for this offence, but instead recognised he was a first time offender, with no drink or drug problem, who was looking for money to buy Christmas presents for his family.  It doesn’t excuse the terror he inflicted on this vulnerable woman but he did admit his guilt early on and he appears to have been humiliated by what he did.  I’d have a small amount of sympathy for him but hope the woman is well recovered.

We are never going to stomp out the oldest profession in the world and I’ve no problem with whatever two consenting adults do, as long as no-one is coerced into anything, but I’d like to think this is a perfect example of when the SnapMail app could have been used to both prevent and help solve a crime.

On top of that, the deployment of the SnapMail Emergency ‘call for help’ feature would have been ideal in this situation where the man stayed longer than the 5 minutes before her friends were notified.


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“I’ll tell your mother you are a hooker”, by Matt Dunford

Remember when you were about 6 years of age and you stabbed your kid brother with a pencil or you nicked your best friends pocket money.  Were there any words that put the fear of God in you more than “I’ll tell your mother.”  This was back in the day, of course, when kids actually had a bit of respect for their parents.

Even as 6 year olds, we knew it was a pretty low threat to make to someone, and it was even lower again to follow through on it.

What, then, would you make of a 30 year old threatening to tell an ex-girlfriends mother and sister that she was a hooker?  For the record, the lady in question was not a hooker, but that was a mere detail for the creep behind this.

Step forward Matt Dunford and take a bow.  The brave Matt, from a nice part of London, was ditched by the very attractive Amanda Branco, a fitness instructor from Brazil, and rather than take it like a man, he decided to embark on an ungentlemanly harassment and stalking campaign.  By the way, Matt is also known as ‘Britain’s Vainest Man’, although he was clearly punching above his weight with Amanda.

Matt’s stalking and harassment was not limited to bombarding her with calls, texts and e-mails.  Oh no, the brave Matt went as low as it is possible for a man to go and he designed a website pretending to claim that Amanda was a hooker.  He then sent the website to Amanda’s mother and sister in Brazil, after she failed to pay him £5,000 blackmail money.  Classy, eh?

Thankfully, unlike many other cases of stalking and harassment, this one has a happy ending as Dunford was found guilty at Hammersmith Magistrates Court in February and will be sentenced shortly.

Make sure to keep the free SnapMail app handy if you’re a victim of stalking.  You never know when you might need it.