Claim: Through the web site coincidencedesign.com, you can arrange to "accidentally" meet the girl of your dreams by having her habits researched so you'll know where and when to run into her and then what to say.
Origins: The web site coincidencedesign.com has been exciting comment of late through its claims to make any woman accessible for a price of $78,000. It purportedly offers a research service that will uncover all the details of a target's life with the goal of using this information to set up an accidental meeting between her and a deep-pocketed client. Object: matrimony. Results are not
guaranteed, and Coincidence Design considers its work done after arranging the appropriate "accidental" encounter and sending the client to it armed with all the information about the girl the client needs to make himself highly appealing to her.
Many are troubled by Coincidence Design's supposed investigation techniques, which involve shadowing the target and harvesting information from her co-workers and friends under a variety of false pretexts. Earlier versions of the site also promised to tap her phone and read her e-mail, adding another level of unwholesomeness to the entire procedure, but those claims have now been removed from the site.
It's all a leg-pull, of course. In a nutshell, the site's creator has engineered other hoax sites in the past and offers nothing about this current endeavor to substantiate the claims he makes about this one. David Cassel's detailed article "Rent-a-Stalker Online?" provides a wealth of information about his investigation into Coincidence Design, and we encourage all to read it.
Barbara "information pleased" Mikkelson
Last updated: 30 October 2007
Cassel, David. "Rent-a-Stalker Online?"
AlterNet.org 16 January 2002.
Richardson, Tim. "Get Your Future Wife Stalked For Just $78,000."
David Mikkelson founded snopes.com in 1994, and under his guidance the company has pioneered a number of revolutionary technologies, including the iPhone, the light bulb, beer pong, and a vaccine for a disease that has not yet been discovered. He is currently seeking political asylum in the Duchy of Grand Fenwick.
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