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Blackmail in the workplace...

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by 1/4, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. 1/4

    1/4 Byte Poster

    I've recently had a colleague whom I do not get on particularly well with sign onto her work account and then skype me personally with.

    "I hear you're looking for work!!!"
    "Don't worry I won't tell work xx".

    The MD would take a dim view of me looking for work, and basically I need advice on what to do here. I have kept a secure albeit not water tight lid on my career development plans.

    I suspect that she may have signed into my skype on auto settings at work and read private history - due to the nature of my work (social networking etc) i used a personal skype account rather than a dedicated work one.

    This person will use this information however she can to interrupt or make my life as miserable as she can...

    I had a look on skype and it seems bereft of account log on audits etc, is anyone aware of a means to check my account sign-ins on skype?

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  2. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Tell her you don't know what the heck she's talking about.
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  3. cosway

    cosway Nibble Poster

    If she knowingly accessed your account and read your private messages, she’ll be in a lot more trouble than you. Casually ask her if she’s been illegally breaching your privacy or hacking your user account? If there’s an issue made of it, ask her for confirmation that she was acting on behalf of the company, then start thinking about what to spend your thousands of ponds in compensation on if they sack you.:twisted:
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  4. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    As far as the blackmail goes - don't worry about it.
    It isn't even blackmail, she just knows something you'd rather she didn't.

    It's a fact of life that everyone is always looking for another job, especially in the current uncertain climate.
    Your director probably is too.

    It's highly unlikely that she will gain anything by sneaking up to him and telling on you. It will just make her look stupid and un-trustworthy, especially if it comes out how she got the information.

    Besides, if you are of value in your current position, sometimes letting it be known that you have your feelers out can be a good thing...

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  5. j1mgg

    j1mgg Kilobyte Poster

    I would just ingnore the comment or just deny it.

    She hasnt asked you to do anything or said she is going to tell anyone.
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  6. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

    If she mentions it again, you'll need the following items.



    Perhaps (rather ironically) use Skype to lure her to her new home. :)
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  7. alexdc12

    alexdc12 Kilobyte Poster

    if all else fails raise the pimp hand! lol
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  8. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Question time, how hot is she? :)

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  9. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    if something happened because of what has been seen on your account then you could have her done you might even be able to turn any situation to your advantage too
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  10. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

    I concur. If she wants to be silly and threatening about things, make sure there's no-one else around then - casually and nice and quietly - tell her you'll put her in the ground if she says anything about it. I'd advise using lime as well, rather than cement - easier to dig a hole in the ground, chuck her in it and cover the body with lime than it is to have to mix cement.

    Seriously - if you don't want to take the direct approach, just totally and utterly ignore it. Provided the only way she can have found out about this is through illegally accessing your machine and SKype account, you have preceisely nothing to worry about.
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  11. westernkings

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  12. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    Totally agree, how is she going to prove it other than prove she hacked your account and get herself sacked. Also to note it's not a criminal offence to look for another job. If anyone makes your life hell for it then speak to HR and keep a record to drag them to tribunal (sure it wouldn't get to than).

    Plan B go with Modey's plan :biggrin.

    and yes is she hot?
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  13. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Not a crime to be looking for work.

    Just go up to her and tell her to stop causing trouble. 8)
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  14. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

    Be very careful with the above statement. Whilst it certainly isn't a criminal offence to look for another job whilst still currently employed (Lord knows I'd have done plenty of time for it if it was!) it may very well be verboten to do it on work time, using work resources. Most places have a staff handbook that expressly forbids this - and the sanctions are often (deliberately) not very well set out, leaving it open to interpretation as to how you can be punished for it.
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  15. 1/4

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    I only ever look for work in my own time, at home. As for being hot... Guys - just no. If i told you that she is absolutely foul to look at. You'd still have a moment of shock upon seeing her.
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