Beware of Facebook Predators

February 4th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

This is creepy. This week I have received two Facebook friend requests from men that I don’t know. Their messages were very intimate and romantic in nature. The messages were almost identical which raised a RED FLAG for me about a new misuse of Facebook. My self defense instincts told me that these two men are likely to be part of some on-line sexual predator ring.

I captured his message as a screen shot, so I could warn others.

Notice how he references a non-profit organization UNICEF to make him seem like a good guy. The line that really creeps me out is “…I hope you will be good and faithful to me.” Is that really something a normal person would say when they are introducing themselves for the first time?? No – that is what a PIMP would say to his slave.

I mistakenly replied to the first creep telling him that I was married and not interested and that he should try e-Harmony.com.  In hindsight, responding to him was probably a mistake. I should not have engaged him. I’m probably on a list somewhere of easy targets for spammers. I should have immediately reported his message as SPAM to Facebook. I am also writing this blog post to alert others of this new scam.

What can you do to keep yourself safer from these potentially dangerous social media ploys?

  • If you are parent reading this, PLEASE share this with your adolescent and teen children. Help them know what to watch out for. This is part of how sex traffickers recruit, entrap, then enslave and exploit their victims.
  • If you are teenager reading this, PLEASE keep yourself safe and don’t engage with on-line predators. It’s not a game…it’s your life that is at stake.
  • If you are a predator who is reading this, GO GET HELP. What you are engaging in is a federal crime. You are harming children just to satisfy your own carnal needs. You will be caught and prosecuted. If you are not aware, Federal US Law prohibits sex trafficking of children by force, fraud or coercion (18 U.S.C. 1591 (2008)); as well as Coercison and Enticement (18 U.S.C. 2422(2008)) and Transportation of Minors (18 U.S.C. 2423 (2008)). Furthermore, child prostition is illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • If you are a vicitm of sex trafficking or any form of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888  There is help out there for you. Get yourself to safety.

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