Online Criminals Stealing Girls’ Pictures from Facebook and Manipulating – Facts Analysis


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Online Criminals Stealing Girls' Pictures from Facebook and Manipulating

Story: 

Dear Girls, remove your photos from social sites immediately! “This is a confirmed message, A new online business group selling female edited Photos to pornsites by downloading the Photos from Facebook! , highly paid professional graphic designers are hired to edit women’s photo and they make it so realistic, it looks 100% real ! , each photo they earn $10.
Recently there have been many reports of divorces and cancellation of engagements because of these Photos found in Internet. Don’t put Yourself in trouble by uploading your Pictures and finding yourself naked in the Internet and don’t spoil your future by having entertainment on Facebook.

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Analysis:

The message is a warning suggesting Girls to remove their photos from social networking sites immediately, claiming that online criminals, including highly professional graphic designers steal pictures of girls from their Facebook accounts, edit them in unfair ways and sell them to various porn sites for money. Although there may be such random incidents happening here and there, but there are no credible reports of any such chain of incidents or online criminal gangs.

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Stealing Girls’ Pictures Online

Various Versions

These messages have been circulating in various versions since 2012 at least, the initial versions of which said the online business group was from Sri Lanka, and it also mentioned that Muslim girls are even targeted in such cases. However, the source of these messages appears to be a ‘community’ Facebook page which did not mention any credible evidence to support the claim.

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Online Criminals Stealing Girls’ Pictures from Facebook and Manipulating

Our online study shows no evidence of any such chain of criminal activities – that criminal gangs are stealing girls’ photos from Facebook and other social media sites, manipulating them, and then selling to porn sites for money. Cyber criminals who make business out of girls pictures need not target the social media sites – as they can easily find many pictures through a simply Google search. Therefore, the message is an exaggerated warning and a hoax.

Misuse of Girls’ Pictures

Having said that, there can be misuse of girls’ pictures posted on Facebook and other social networking sites. Guys (and sometimes even girls) can use stolen pictures of beautiful girls on their social networking profiles. There are also few instances of hacking of girls’ Facebook accounts and blackmailing. You can read about it in one of our articles here. So it’s important for girls to keep their Facebook accounts secured, protecting their pictures and themselves from strangers. The article mentioned above also lists precautions to girls for a safe social networking on Facebook.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.

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