How to: Protect yourself & your child from online predators
Hello there! So in light of all the online predators I thought I would write a blog on how to protect yourself and your child from online predators. This is a very real danger and one that needs to be addressed. Keep in mind that what you will read is blunt and to the point about what you may not know happens online. This subject applies to both adults and children/youth.
What is an online predator?
An online predator is a person, man or woman, who uses the internet to look for targets either for sexual or financial purposes. The online predator uses social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and other social sites. The online predator chooses their victim carefully by researching them using the very same social media sites they met them on. How many people realize that your Facebook profile can be public if you do not change the settings? Your photo’s can be stolen by simply right clicking with the mouse and choosing download or even using the Option in the photo to just download it. Those cute baby pictures of your child’s first bath can be stolen and placed on any number of the predator pages on Facebook and a number of other sites all without your knowledge or consent.
Who are they?
Online predators come in all ages, sex and size from many different countries. They are men and women.
How do they work?
Online predators work in a very slick way. The profile they create includes all fake info which may also include fake profile images, fake photo’s claiming they are family or friends. Some fake profiles will feature things like military images and claims of being a widowed father. I use this a precise example as I have had many encounters with scammers who have done just that. Upon research I find out they are using a deceased military personnel’s image without permission. Usually their English is very bad even though they claim to be from the US and have gone to well known Universities etc. When they contact you, they usually complement you and say that they saw your picture on their friend’s page and that their friend said to add you. The problem is that your friend never did that and it was all made up. He simply searched Facebook for single women and then targeted them.
Women have done the very same thing. Scammers in Nigeria use a female account to claim they are refugee’s who live in refugee camp and they have no food. Did you catch that? A refugee camp which provides computers and internet access but does not provide food. They offer what appear to be a legitimate website in order for their target to send money for food. Of course once the money is sent, the scammer does not speak to their target again or if they do, they usually have some far worse claim and expect the victim to send more cash. Men do the same as women for cash with promises of marriage etc.
Warning signs that the friend request may be from a predator?
- *Request from stranger. You have to ask how they found you.
- *Request for personal information like your location, your work, your marital status, finances etc.
- *Tell you they have many problems in their life and that they know your kind heart will help.
- *For youth, the predator, who may have been added as female will say something like “You know I find you very sexy.” Not something a female would say who was about the age of 13.
- *Becoming overly affectionate in a very short period of time. Saying I love you after only 1 day.
- *Demanding that you help them to prove you care.
- *Conversation starts off as friendly and suddenly it become a sob story which they need money for.
How to spot a fake profile?
Before you approve a friend request, always check out the profiles. Look in the LIKES and other sections to see what they are in to. For instance a dead give away that the teen girl trying to add a teen girl is a guy, is to look at likes and see all sexual related pages/groups featuring women and in particular young teen girls. Most young teen girls do not like those pages and that is an obvious sign this profile may be fake.
Another trick is to see where else the profile image of that account is used. You would be amazed to see that most fake profiles got their images from child predator sites where they trade.
How to see if a Facebook profile image is real or fake?
- Right click the image
- Choose “Copy URL”
- Open up www.google.com and choose Images
- On the images search click the little camera
- On the new page click the search area and then right click your mouse to paste the URL there or click Ctrl V.
- Click search.
This will show you any place the image is being used. If it’s only used ont eh profile, it may be real but if they are pervy posts and their likes consist of a lot of sexual stuff, then it’s still probably fake.
Watch my how to video to see how it is done:
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In the example used, the person used a fake profile image of a woman who had died on October 28 2012. The entire Facebook is fake and used for trolling on Facebook.
Want to tighten up your Facebook? Read this blog thanks. x