Man Pleads Guilty to Sending Threatening Letters to OkCupid HQ

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In late June, a Massachusetts man pleaded guilty to sending threatening letters to OkCupid’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas, in retaliation for banning him from the dating app.

According to a report in The New York Post, Liam MacLeod was banned from the app for repeatedly violating the terms of service back in 2017. The 47 year-old man then began sending threatening letters, some with a “blood-like substance” according to The Post, and others with a “suspicious white powder.” All of the mailings were addressed to OkCupid’s Chief Executive Officer.

One of the notes read: “Greeting from Beverly … Ban me will ya … Welcome to the wonderful world of ANTHRAX … Expect a package within the next couple of days … It won’t be ticking but it should be interesting!”

According to a press release from the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office, a few days later another note was sent which read: “How’d you like what I sent you? Aww, go take a powder. Oh, the things I have in store for you! I can go on like this for years. How long can you last?”

MacLeod also mentioned that the red stain on one of the letters was blood infected with the AIDS virus. After a series of lab tests, none of the substances turned out to be life-threatening, however, according to reports in The Dallas Morning News.

Investigators were able to match details from the envelopes and letters to MacLeod’s old OkCupid user account, which he used before being banned.

OkCupid is part of Match Group, which also owns popular dating apps Hinge and Tinder. OkCupid is best known for its progressive and cheeky approach, highlighted with a recent “DTF” ad campaign that turned the popular sexual phrase on its head. The ad featured a number of scenarios, including “Down to Fall Head Over Heels,” featuring an LGBTQ couple, and “Down to Four Twenty,” making a tongue-in-cheek reference to consumers of weed finding each other over the app.

MacLeod pleaded guilty to two counts of “mailing threatening communications” and two counts of “conveying false information and hoaxes.”

According to the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office, MacLeod faces up to five years in prison for the charge of false information and hoaxes, as well as a fine of up to $250,000. He also faces up to ten years in prison for the charge of mailing threatening communications, and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in September of this year.

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