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Sketchy Strava

So, while poking around on Strava this week, I discovered some weirdness, and I wonder if anyone else has encountered anything similar. I'd imagine we all probably get the occasional random follower request, such as that friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend that you rode with one time way back when, or some weirdo that spotted you on a fly-by and now wants to be your new exercise tracking buddy.

What really caught my attention was that several requests that I had let sit without rejecting have very similar fishy profiles.

https://www.strava.com/athletes/1143927
https://www.strava.com/athletes/13852936
https://www.strava.com/athletes/27109226

Each of these has hundreds of people they are following, with only a handful following back. There don't appear to be any activities logged by these accounts. My best guess is they are bike thieves looking for bike pics and maps they can backtrack to homes (especially on those accounts where privacy zones aren't being used).

Thoughts?


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    MartinMartin Member, Rooster Endurance Member
    Wait, there are fake people on social sites on the interwebs?

    That explains the Let's Run forum.
    Johns622KenElPescadoPeladoAaronWebstey
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    Tad_MTad_M Member, Rooster Endurance Member, Level 2 Supporter
    Bait em in @KenElPescadoPelado , then video when you beat them half to death with a rubber rooster. Wear your kit.
    GrantInSLCCraig_DwchevronMartinJames LangeKenElPescadoPeladoGasBombAaronWebstey

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    ellsworth53tellsworth53t Member, Rooster Endurance Member
    Tad_M said:

    Bait em in @KenElPescadoPelado , then video when you beat them half to death with a rubber rooster. Wear your kit.

    And post the activity to Strava
    Craig_DGrantInSLCKenElPescadoPeladoAaronWebsteyMartinTad_MStruangfyrehaar
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    GasBombGasBomb Member, Rooster Endurance Member, Level 2 Supporter
    Probably take 300-400 calories to beat them with a rubber rooster. Good cross training.
    GrantInSLCKenElPescadoPeladoAaronWebsteyMartinTad_MCraig_D

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    Martin said:

    Wait, there are fake people on social sites on the interwebs?

    That explains the Let's Run forum.

    I know, right? Just wondering what else their endgame might possibly be. Highly disappointed that they don't at least go to the trouble of using MySpace Tom as a profile pic.
    MartinCraig_D
    Sometimes I tweet... Follow PescadoPelado
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    Craig_DCraig_D Member, Rooster Endurance Member
    I'm sure if you posted video of it on slowtwitch you could get 17+ pages of debate over proper form, equipment suggestions, and associated infighting and attempts of hijacking. That would almost be as much fun to watch.
    KenElPescadoPeladoellsworth53tTad_MJohns622James LangeGrantInSLC
    Canadian Division

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