ruining someone's life

Written by RedBoxChiliPepper on August 9, 1992
Last Revision on October 23, 1994
( redistributed with permission from the author )

Revenge and getting even have always been my most favorite things to do even way back in grade school so, of course, I have a very extensive mental list on how to really get back at people and make their life a living hell. We all have people we hate and would like to see 'em suffer for a little while. Maybe your boss for firing you or giving you shitty hours? The big guy in school who's always giving you a hard time? Your girlfriend for dumping you so she can become a lesbian? You get the idea. In my explanations I'll use the sample name "Chris Tomkinson" as the guy we're going to cactus. A totally random name, of course.

Now if you decide to try all these methods at once you'll probably drive him totally insane and over the edge of reality. Besides, you don't want to send him a billion magazines at the same time you've forwarded all of his mail to Africa so get your timing right so you can effectively drive him crazy. A lot of my ideas focus on humiliating him with friends and family. When you can get other people to hate him for things you're doing to him, that means you're getting good at what you do.

Some of the things described in here require you to know a little more information on your victim than you would usually know. Try reading the PLA from the link above. Remember that this entire file is purely for informational uses. I only expect you to use this information so you'll know what to expect if you piss me off.

Cancel His Membership:

A video card is something that almost everyone has and uses frequently. Get your yellow pages out and call up every video store you can find. When they answer throw them a line like, "Hi, this is Chris Tomkinson. My video cards were stolen today and I wanted you to cancel my membership there. It turns out we're moving out of state forever next month anyway so I'll never be in there again anyway."

When they hear that someone's stolen your card, of course they'll cancel it right away. When you tell them you're going out of town for good, there's really no reason for them to keep your name in the computer so they just completely delete you. When Chris goes in the store to check out a movie, his name won't show up anywhere as if he never even had a membership there and he has to apply for a card again, which is, in my opinion, a pain in the ass.

Make sure to call up all the video stores. If you want to be really mean, you can cancel his mom and dad's cards too. That way he won't be able to use theirs' either. If he's the type of person to use the library alot, call the library and cancel his card there, too.

Cancel His Credit Cards:

There's an 800 number for just about every credit card out there that you can use to cancel your card if it's lost or stolen. Within a few minutes of calling this number, their credit cards will be useless. Just make up a story like, "Yeah, I'm on vacation here in Seattle and my whole wallet was stolen with my Mastercard in it. Could you cancel that before someone uses it?" Pretend to be really worried about having to pay for charges you didn't make and so on.

They might want some extra information like the name of the bank which issued your card. You can guess or tell them you have no idea. (Unless you actually know which bank it is.) The Mastercard dude will want your driver's license number or social security number sometimes, but tell him you don't know either one because your wallet was stolen, dammit!

To cancel your Visa, call 1-800-336-8472
To cancel your Mastercard, 1-800-999-0454
For Discover, 1-800-347-2683 If you know of any gas cards he uses, get the numbers to cancel those, too. There's nothing more embarrassing that filling up your tank with super unleaded gasoline and finding out that all your credit cards, gas cards and ATM card have been mysteriously reported stolen. Who knows, the clerk might even call the police on him.

Cancel His Phone Cards:

Again, the exact same proceedure. Say you're on vacation and all your calling cards were stolen. All they'll ask for is your home phone number and the cards are usually disconnected within four hours. Tell the lady that you really never use that card anyway so there's no need to issue a new one. This way, Chris won't know his cards are bad until he needs to use them.

U.S.Sprint 1-800-877-4646
AT&T 1-800-662-6214
M.C.I. 1-800-950-5555

Newspaper Classifieds:

Almost every newspaper out there lets you call in the ad you want to have in the paper and then they send you a bill for it. In other words, it's free. Look in your local paper and judging from the ads that are in there, think up something that would be a really hot item to sell such as a house for rent. (Houses and cars usually get the best results.)

Call the paper and tell them that you're Chris Tomkinson and you want to put an ad in the paper. Have something ready like, "Nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath, garage, den, dining room, great neighborhood, $300/month, $200/deposit." Compare your ad to the others in the "For Rent" section and be sure that yours is the very best deal in there.

As a phone number to call to inquire about the house, leave two. "Call Chris Tomkinson anytime 24 hrs at 635-8312 or 635-9207." The first being his work phone number and the second being his home. Now when an awesome deal like you've put in the paper is seen, it gets a tremendous response. I'm talkin' about his telephone ringing constantly for two days straight at the least.

He'll get in big trouble with his boss at work for recieving 2 billion calls. Even if he's able to convince his boss that he wasn't responsible, he'll still look bad. I mean, what would your boss think about all this happening? If he lives with his parents, he'll probably get in trouble with them too.

Messing With His Phone Service:

My all time favorite, disconnecting his service. First, call the billing office and have his line password protected. This means that anyone wanting to make any changes in his service will have to give the operator a password that you'll choose. Sometimes the operator will want to call back and verify that it's really Chris. Tell her that you're never home when they're open and she'll say "no problem" and ask for his social security number. If you know it, give it to her. If not, go crawl under something and die or go to the next step.

A few days after you've password protected the line, call the billing office again and tell them that you've moved out of the house already and you need the phone disconnected. They'll ask you for the password and disconnect the service, asking where you want the last bill sent to. Give them an address out of state.

Now after Chris's line goes dead he's going to have one hell of a time convincing the billing office to hook it back up because you've password protected his line. He really has no way of proving that he is who he says he is because he doesn't have that password. You do.

Harrassing Other People:

You can really get people annoyed at Chris if you call them up about five times a day, state his name and hang up. You can do this to his employer, his school, his friends, his family, anyone he knows, even the police station or businesses that he goes to often.

In your spare time when you're bored, pull out your list of phone numbers related to Chris, dial one at random and when the person on the other end answers say, "Chris Tomkinson", listen for the reply and hang up. Pretty soon people are going to start to despise that name.

If you know of a store that Chris shops at frequently and writes checks at, call that store a few times a day and say his name. The clerk will immediately recognize his name when Chris writes him a check and will probably ask him about it. And I know his boss would get annoyed at ten calls a day that simply state Chris's name and hang up. Pretty soon Chris's boss is going to be sorry he hired him.

Police Blotter:

Check your newspaper's police blotter and front page every night for a major theft that's occured in the neighborhood. Something like, car stereos being stolen or maybe a school being broken into and computer equipment being stolen.

Call the police station from a pay phone. "Hello, I want to make an annonymous call about the theft the other night involving the car stereo. Uh, I know who the guy is and he's been stealing car stereos and radar detectors ever since I've known him. I'm just starting to feel sorry for the people he's ripping off and want you to stop him but I don't want him to know who I am or he'll beat me up." Sound really whiney and nervous, "His name is Chris Tomkinson and he lives at (wherever). He keeps all the stuff he steals either hidden in his closet or hooked up in his room and most of it all still has the serial numbers on them..."

You get the idea. The police will want to move in on this horrible criminal and will probably get a search warrant so they can look for evidence. I did this to one guy and they didn't get a warrant but the kid's mom just let them in his room while he was at school. They ripped his room apart looking for stolen stereo equipment and didn't find anything. They created quite a mess from what I heard, though.

The Yellow Pages:

This is probably one of the best things to do and can even become a major news event in your area. You pull out the 'ole phone book and open it up to the yellow pages. Now, starting from the letter "A" and working all the way to "Z" call up every single business in the book. Set up an appointment with every company in there for (example) Wednesday morning at about 10:00. Give yourself a few days to do it all and get all the appointment as close together as you can.

You can probably see what's going to happen. Wednesday morning at 10:00 his street is going to be totally filled up with a truck from every business in the entire area. From exterminators to furnace repair to roofing estimates, they'll all be there asking for Chris. (Try to make sure he's going to be home when they come.)

On Wednesday morning you'll want to make some calls. At 9:30 call up every pizza delivery place in the area and have a couple large pizzas sent to Chris. After that, call up all the taxi cabs and instruct them to come to your house to take you shopping.

Tuesday night you'll also want to make some calls. Every T.V. station and newspaper in the area will want to know that "something big is going to happen on Sullivan street" in the morning. Don't tell them what, just tell them that they'd be stupid not to get coverage on something like this. Also call up all your friends and have them call up their friends. Instruct them all to show up on Sullivan street at about 9:45 am.

As this will be an historical moment, bring a video camera and tape the whole event just in case you're not happy with the camera work of the T.V. stations. You might want to call in a false report to the fire department that Chris's house is on fire just to get them there and add to the confusion.

I have done this only on a much smaller scale. I skimmed through the yellow pages and pick out about 30 business to show up at a victim's house and did the pizza a fire truck thing but the media never got involved. There was quite a traffic jam on his street with just those few trucks there and I can imagine what it would look like with 10 times more and a camera crew.

Magazine Subscriptions:

The time-honored tradition of giving Chris a subscription to every magazine that was ever made. Go to your library and rip out those little subscription cards out of each one. If a librarian asks you what the hell your doing tell her to go piss up a flagpole and continue your task.

Now take this big stack of cards home and fill them all out in Chris's name and send them in. Almost every one of the cards will already have the postage paid for so you won't have to worry about the cost of stamps.

Now me, I could care less if someone did that to me. I would get a little pissed off, though, if someone were to use my name on the subscription cards and send them to my friends or employers. So try this. He'll get a couple issues of each magazine until they get pissed off that he's not paying for them and stop his subscription. For a few months after that they'll harrass him about paying for the magazines he ordered but he won't get into any kind of trouble because of it.

Some magazines let you use a credit card to pay for the subscription. Use someone else's card and when the owner of the card gets his bill, they'll investigate it and eventually narrow it down to Chris's address.

Ruin His Credit:

Drive to a city where nobody will know you or Chris. Check yourself into a hospital emergency room complaining of sudden chest pains and really severe headaches. Before they're able to treat you they'll have you fill out a few hospital forms. Put your name in there as Chris Tomkinson and use his social security number, address and phone number. If you can, try to forge his signature if you know what it looks like.

They'll look you over, maybe take a blood sample, an x-ray or two and they'll tell you your fine. After they've done a lot to you, tell them you're feeling much better and it must have all been in your head. Go home.

In a couple of weeks, the hospital is going to start sending Chris a bill for a couple thousand dollars. (Hospitals are extremely expensive.) They usually send only two notices before they turn the matter over to a collection agency who will call Chris every couple days and ask him why he hasn't paid his bill yet. They'll also threaten to "take legal action" and so on. If Chris tries to explain to them that he never went to that hospital, they'll assume he's lying. They hear that excuse every day.

Collection agencies are full of shit. They can't really do anything to you except send you notices but when you refuse to pay them you're screwing up your credit rating. I know a lot about collection agencies seeing as I never pay my bills. I went to a hospital once for strep throat and they bothered me about it for two years after that.

Hit And Run:

Just like the police blotter deal, find someone who is a victim of a hit and run. Call the person or the police and make an annonymous report that you were there when it happened and you saw the license plate on the car. Give them Chris's plate number.

Mail Forwarding:

There's a million little tricks you can play on people with those mail forwarding cards you get at the post office. Here are some ideas.

o Forward all of Chris's mail to London, England.

o Forward all of Chris's grandparents mail to Chris's house.

o Forward all of Chris's mail to his place of employment. His boss will get really irked when Chris starts recieving mail there.

o Forward his best friend's mail to Chris's home.

o Forward his mail to his school.

o Forward his mail to the police station.

o Forward his boss's mail to Asia.

Have AT&T Investigate Him:

Using a stolen calling card number, call Chris constantly at his home from a pay phone and keep him on the line as long as you can. Only call Chris with this card. When AT&T sees that he's getting all these fraudulent calls, they'll ask him about it. Just make sure you don't call from your own phone even once or you'll get into trouble. Always use a pay phone.

If possible, use remote call forwarding and forward Chris's number to a number you'd like to call only dial "0" first so you have to enter a calling card. This will make it seem as if the card were used from his home.

Junk Mail:

Add Chris to as many mailing lists as you possibly can. Whenever you see a business advertise, "Free Information!" call them and give them Chris's address and phone number. He'll recieve oodles and oodles of junk mail and they'll always call him trying to sell him something. Get as many companies involved as you can. Pretty soon they'll be delivering his junk mail in a garbage truck!


Everyone loves a gift, even older relatives. Find out the names and addresses of all of Chris's older relatives. Look in the back of a Cosmopolitan or nudie magazines at all the fun, sexual items you can order with a credit card. Send grandma a vibrator, grandpa a penis extender. Send his girlfriend some kind of sex cream "from Chris" and she'll get mad and break up with him. (Either that or she'll fuck his brains out.) Also, send Chris's parents some items to liven up their sex life and see if they appreciate it.

Oh, and don't forget Chris's boss. He needs to be a member of the Gay Rights Club or maybe needs some instructional videos on sex education. His teachers at school could probably use the same thing. When asked who it's to be sent to, give them his boss's name and tell them to put it "c/o Chris Tomkinson" just to be sure he knows who's responsible.

The Bank Account:

This works the same way that the credit card canceling thing works. Find out which bank Chris uses and call them. Tell them you're away on vacation and your Aunt just informed you that your house had been broken into. The thieves took all of your banking stuff including your checkbooks, savings passbook, and ATM card.

They'll immediately put a "freeze" on his account and he'll have to go through extra steps when he tries to withdraw and money. If he writes a check it probably will bounce and if he tries to use his ATM card the machine will eat it and he won't get it back until he's cleared up things with the bank.

The Church Of Jesus Crust:

They have this handy 800 hotline where you can call in and tell them you'd like to speak to someone about religion. They ask you your address and send in one of their goons to your house to talk to you and start sending you all this religious junk mail. And Chris will probably appreciate the free bible. We all know how persistant and annonying these people can be so give them a call! The phone number is 1-800-952-3131.

Call Forwarding:

Order call forwarding to his line. Then, by whatever means you have to, forward his calls to somebody that you know would trace the call, such as misc. airlines, The White House, local 911, etc. For this example, let's say we forwarded his calls to a randam airline.

Now constantly call up his number over and over and you'll reach the airlines. Harrass the reservation lady to death and keep claiming that you've put a bomb on one of their airplanes. Do this over and over and stay on the line for a long time. Pretty soon, they're going to trace the call back to Chris's house and he'll probably get arrested. Keep in mind that when calling locally, ANI has been known to pass straight through to your own number. Find out for sure by using an 800 number that reads back your ANI.

Even better would be to beige box into his line and call a lot of different numbers all night and threaten them all. In the morning he'll have accusations coming from all different difrections.

Fun Things To Do To Stupid Neighbors:

This last section of this file was written by someone named Delta Burke. Some of the ideas were so funny and creative that I just had to include them.

This little article is for everyone out there who has a next door neighbor who is, in your mind, the worlds biggest asshole. I have neighbors that fit into this catergory perfectly. You know the ones, stereo up louder than hell in the middle of the night, water their lawn during a drought, etc... Well take heart, because I have just the answer for such idiots.

1) Next time they go away on vacation, or even for just the weekend, call the utility company, Ma Bell (or whoever the phone co is.), and the cable company. Using their name (obviously), tell them to shut off the respective utilities, since your are going on a trip for about a month. Most of the time, they wont ask for any other info except for phone number. If they ask for anything else, just hangup quickly and forget it as it isn't too easy to explain why you dont know your own social security number. If all works well (and it usually does), they will come home to a fridge full of bad food, plus no heat or air conditioning and no cable tv and phone. Pretty nice, huh?

2) If they leave on vacation, and you are a hacker/phreak/BBS'er, here is your chance for free phone calls to everywhere! Simply go into their yard and locate their phone box. Using your lineman's phone (or a regular phone with alligator clips instead of a modular plug), find the active phone line inside the box. Run a shit load of wire back to your house, thru your window, etc... Install a modular plug on your end and plug it into your modem. Now make all the long distance calls you want. Don't worry, those of your with a heart, the neighbor's wont get billed for the calls after they call Ma Bell and claim that they didnt make them. Most of the time they will let you off the hook.

3) One night, after the neighborhood is asleep, sneak over into the target's yard. Proceed to turn on ONE faucet, so that water is gushing out all over the place. The value of this joke is that the target's water bill will be outrageous after about 3-4 nights of this, especially during drought season.

4) If you have the asshole neighbor who has the stereo on LOUD at all hours and the police wont do shit (what else is new), here is the solution. Sneak into the yard, and find the breakerbox. If the stereo is up this loud, they wont hear you in the yard. Locate the switch that matches the room that the stereo is in. Or the closest to. Flip the switch and run like hell back to the house. Or if you are more daring, sit in the bushes or something and watch them come out. Most of the time, it will take doing this 2-3 times before they turn down the stereo.But its worth it when you have to sleep.

5) Do your neighbor's have a barking dog? If so, heres the solution.

A) Call the pound repeatedly, using another neighbor's name and address, but your number. Call at least twice a night for about a week. The complaints will stack up, and the target's will most likely have to pay a healthy fine.

B) Get a package of hot dogs and any kind of medicine that induces shitting, like Exlax(you will have to melt it down). Pour the secret agent shit inducing substance on the hot dogs, then toss them over the fence to the dog. If it is a small dog, I suggest throwing one at a time as little dogs don't eat as much as big dogs. Spot or Fido or whatever the hell his name is will be shitting EVERYWHERE for days. Loads of fun for the target.

6) Kill their lawn. This can be achieved with any kind of poison, paint thinner, or even piss. Simply pour as much of the stuff as you can all over¨ the lawn and wait a few days to a week. Lovely brown spots will start to show. Nice effect. Try writing words with paint thinner.

7) Do they have a CB radio that interferes with your tv? Use the old standby. When they are not home, sneak over and shove large straight pins into the coaxial cable to the antenna. Next time Joe Dickhead keys up will be his last time. This easy trick works due to the fact that it shorts the cable together. When he keys up, it will blow the CB right off the table.

8) Do they park in your driveway or in front of it? My neighbors have teenage kids who have teenage friends who parked in front of the driveway. I fixed that by taking some large nails (about 4 inches long) and placed them on each side of their tires at a 45 degree angle. Two per side, heads on pavement, points to tires. When they drive off, instant flats on all four tires. Try to get them to not park there asking first. If they don't care to listen, then use the nail trick.

9) Other easy and annoying tricks: Use JB Weld or any other metal weld substance on their mailbox door. Unscrew all the light bulbs on the outside of their house just enough so they won't light.

If they have an annoying cat, capture it and take it about 10 miles away from where you live and let it go.

Get some cow or horse shit and place it in a large paper bag. Place on porch and light on fire. Then ring door bell.

If they have a hot tub or pool, get some goldfish and place them in it. If you can get some lake or river fish, they work even better.

Place small rocks inside the hubcaps on their most used car. The effect is awesome. They will go crazy from the sound.

If you get into their car, place a heavy guage jumper wire from the horn to the brake switch behind the pedal. The result is the horn honking everytime they step on the brake pedal. A sure fire winner.

If you are daring, capture a skunk and let it loose in their yard. Just think about the fun this one can make.

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