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EDITORIAL : Beware Of Chatting With Strangers On Social Media

Facebook and social media users beware! Do not add Friend to any Tom, Dick or Harry who sends you a Friend Request. Check and recheck the authenticity of the person
15 Sep 2016 09:23
EDITORIAL : Beware Of Chatting With Strangers On Social Media
The suspect, Avinesh Kumar Raj, has been using Facebook to lure his victims. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Facebook and social media users beware!

Do not add Friend to any Tom, Dick or Harry who sends you a Friend Request.

Check and recheck the authenticity of the person requesting your approval for cyber friendship. It may just save you from loss of money, reputation or even your life.

The Fiji Police Force Cyber Crime Unit is alarmed at the increasing number of cases between men and women getting connected on social media and later taking it to another level – by meeting face to face.

This new trend is a challenge for the unit whose role also includes awareness work around the country.

This comes after a man on the Fiji Police WANTED List remains at large and is a threat to the general public.

He has a number of fake identities on Facebook and he uses the platform to lure women.

Three incidents have already been reported to Police as alleged rape.

This may just be the tip of the ice-berg of what could be something darker and deeper. We need to take stock and understand how these social media platforms actually work.

Don’t post things every other day just because everyone else is doing it. Your every keystroke is recorded, every photo you upload is archived.

Your movement can easily be monitored based purely on your internet activities.

As for photos, did you know that you cannot delete a photo from Facebook? Yes, you may have clicked on the delete button, but Facebook keeps a copy – it’s in the Facebook end-user agreement.

In fact, any photograph put up on the internet stays there forever.

Two months ago, the Cyber Crime Unit was alerted about a photoshop photograph of two Fijians. The photograph was innocently uploaded on Facebook. Days later the pair were contacted by a foreigner demanding that they send them money through Western Union to an address overseas. They were threatened that if they did not pay up, their photo-shopped photo will be uploaded on social media.

The photo-shopped version showed the top half of the photo was different from the bottom half.

If used wisely, social media can be useful to connect with distant families, discuss ideas and share thoughts.

The onus is on you to know what you’re dealing with. Know the ‘fine print’ of what these social media platforms offer. Spread the word and protect yourself, your family and closely monitor your social media use.

Do not let it control you!

 

Here is some sound advice from the Fiji Police Force Cyber Crime Unit:

Limit the personal information  you share on social media

Do Not accept Friend requests from people you have never met or personally know.

If you feel that you’re insecure in your use of social media, contact the Cyber crime unit and they will help advise you of what to do.

Feedback:  rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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