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The popular use of online communications has given rise to online sexual predators who come up with creative ways to take advantage of unsuspecting men, women and teens. These predators use various methods to seduce or pressure a victim to perform sexual favors, and often threaten the victim with embarrassment if they don’t do it. 

 

Online sexual blackmail is sometimes called Sextortion, or Romance Scam. Victims are usually lured through social media sites, and the blackmailers are often part of criminal gangs from foreign countries. 

 

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Some people believe that they can write anything about anybody online. But when someone posts false statements with the intention to damage the reputation of an individual or a business, whether on blogs, forums, websites or social media, this can be considered as online defamation. False written statements like these are also known as libel. 

 

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Identity theft occurs when someone steals personal information such as your name, identity card number or credit card number, so that they can pretend to be someone else. This is usually done to gain access to finances, get medical benefits, to avoid the police, or to commit other crimes. 

 

How do identity thieves find your personal information? 

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ATM skimming is like identity theft for debit cards. It is an illegal activity that involves installing hidden devices that secretly record bank account details when a user inserts an ATM card into the machine. Criminals can then use the stolen data to create a cloned card to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account either locally or overseas. 

 

Skimming typically requires two separate components to work. 

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Social Engineering is a technique of deceiving people to reveal sensitive information which they would usually not share. It typically involves trickery for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or access to computer systems. 

 

What methods are used by social engineers? 

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Social media have dramatically changed the way we communicate. It’s easy to access the latest information about your friends and share updates about your own life. It also creates added responsibility to protect yourself and others. 

 

Think before you post anything online 

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