Internet Crime

Fake Craigslist sex ad lands a woman in jail: Perp wanted revenge on her husband's lover

Fake Craigslist sex ad lands a woman in jail: Perp wanted revenge

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A Houston area women stands accused of putting a sex ad on Craigslist, posing as her estranged husband's girlfriend.   Examiner.com
Samantha Weber, 38, is accused of putting a sex ad on Craigslist posing as her estranged husband's girlfriend
Weber, 38, faces third-degree felony charges for online impersonation. Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office
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Samantha Weber, 38, is accused of putting a sex ad on Craigslist posing as her estranged husband's girlfriend

A Harris County woman faces fines and possible jail time this week for impersonating her estranged husband's girlfriend . . . and posting an online ad encouraging random guys to come to her home for sex.

Samantha Weber, 38, is accused of creating a phony-but-convincing Craigslist post in April that featured a picture of Heather McCarthy along with her address in Cypress. Court documents note that the classified ad included a "statement of desire for any men to come to her house for the purposes of sexual activity."

Soon enough, McCarthy had strange dudes lining up at her front door. Her boyfriend — Weber's estranged husband — confronted one of the illicit suitors, who showed them a copy of the Craiglist post. McCarthy immediately contacted authorities.

"It was an ad that said, 'Husband's away, want to have a good time come see me.' " 

"[The man] printed off the ad and said here," sergeant Gary Spurger with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office told KPRC Ch. 2. "It was an ad that said, 'Husband's away, want to have a good time come see me.' "

After several months of obtaining subpoenas and sifting through digital records, Precinct 4 traced the ad straight to Weber's IP address. She is charged with online impersonation, a third-degree felony, and remains out of jail on a $5,000 bond.

"It's pretty serious," Spurger said. "How would you like to be the one at home at 3 o'clock in the morning when someone starts banging on the door, thinking you want to have a good time and really you don't?"

McCarthy has since moved from her Cypress home.