NOPD: Online Encounter Leads to 3rd Carjacking in 3 Weeks | WGNO#axzz38megYRzE

Social Media: Let’s Use Our Heads For More Than A Hat Rack Folks!

NOPD: Online Encounter Leads to 3rd Carjacking in 3 Weeks | WGNO#axzz38megYRzE

Our subject story discusses the use of social media to set up men as targets for carjacking. It seems that these guys were duped by some gal on social media chats into a face to face meet which they soon discovered were actually a carjacking. In one of the situations the gal that was supposed to meet the man was at the location agreed . . . with about ten guys that liberated the guys vehicle from him.

Listen folks; You really have to use your head for more than a hat rack out there. Simple common sense suggests that half of the stuff on social media is bullshit at best. Half of the stuff in life is bullshit if you are lucky, why should the Internet be different? The new generation of tech savvy person is very trusting and believes the world of the Internet and social media to be friendly for them. And, while there are many wondrous things to be learned, shared, and discovered the Internet/Social Media world is much like the real world. It can be a very unfriendly place, full of trickery and deceit.

Many people believe everything they see and/or hear on the Internet when a good deal of what you find is lies and scams just waiting for a potential victim. Think about where you are going, when going to meet a stranger. Never forget that the person on the other end of a text chat can easily be someone other than they have lead you to believe. Seriously! look at all the men that have been arrested because they thought they were text chatting with an underage girl, when it was an adult police officer. I hate to pick on Craigslist because I am an avid Craigslist user, but numerous people have gone to meet people in regards to an ad on Craigslist to find themselves victim of crime. It really is a simple common sense issue.  Even as a man, take precautions as though you were a teenage girl anytime meeting a stranger via social media.

  1. Meet in a public location with lots of people around.
  2. If possible, do not go alone.
  3. Do not carry large sums of money. If you need money for a vehicle purchase or something else, go to an ATM with the seller.
  4. If there is not a crowded place to meet, meet somewhere there are security cameras in use
  5. And, trust your instincts. If something feels wrong, it is. Do not hesitate to listen to yourself, if it is wrong do not second guess yourself, just get the hell out of there.

That is the best suggestions I have. I will bet that there are numerous other suggestions offered on the internet, consider them all. Regardless, take the time to use your head. It really does have other uses than as a hat rack . . .

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