I'm a middle-aged lady who participates heavily in animal rescue. For the past several years, I've been being spyed on and the situation has gotten to the point that someone using my own name from a hotmail address actually sent me my name, address, phone number, & drivers license number and asked me if I wanted a copy of my credit report. This, after sending several juvenile, threatening e-mails about ruining my life. My chief suspect is a person who I had to deny an adoption of an animal to. Naturally, I reported this to the local police, but they have no idea how to trace a hotmail account, and from what my surfing research told me, it's pretty hard to get Hotmail to go along with a trace, and it costs the department money. So, of course, nothing ever came of the police investigation, because there wasn't one.
My problem isn't that I suspect my computer has been hacked (although the suspect may be watching my every entry, even as I type it, I know), or that he's been sending viruses - if he has, I'm unaware of it. No, my problem is the means by which the perp is carrying out his threats of "ruining my life" and the animal rescue I work with, by means of sending e-mails containing the most viscious lies, and continually reporting me to animal control (which nothing ever comes of it and they _animal control_ , can't tell me who is reporting me because that is legally priveledged information. The most recent one, from 5 days ago, was via an anomymous letter mailed to animal control.
What I want to do is disguise my identity to the point where this man ( male person is more accurate - he's no "man", he's a coward who hides and sneaks) cannot trace me to find out that I am me. I wish to pretend to be one of the persons he targets, specifically the officers in the animal rescue I am associated with, because I do know for a fact that he contacts officers in the organization and succeeds in running them off from the organization entirely. After all, when the news is shocking/embarrassing enough, about one key person, they are often too embarrassed to simply ask the person whether it's true or not, or they expect that if they do ask, they'll get a denial because what was supposedly done is so evil.
It's to the point where the animals would be suffering if not for a few volunteers paying out of their own pockets to care for the animals. But, nothing can be done about it until the identity of the perpetrator can be proven in a court of law.
I googled a freeware program that will search for IP addresses for hackers to use, but I'm afraid that if I download it, I won't know enough about it to understand how to use it.
I need a mentor. If you love animals and have just a little bit of time to guide me through this process, please send me a private e-mail. I could say a lot more, but I don't know if I'm being watched or not, and I have come to the conclusion that the only way to stop this person is to be my own private detective. I do have a pretty good grasp of how computers work, it's just that I've never had any reason to learn how to disguise myself on the computer.
Thanks in advance to anyone who helps me.