Something crazy happened this week… something that I never thought of, nor dreamt of.
Gagging… just to think of it again.
A drama unfolded on Facebook yesterday, and it seems… us photographers have been targeted.
Targeted how? By fake profiles “friending” us….
Fake Profiles? Like who, you ask….?
CRAZY PEOPLE, that’s who!
Friend requests coming in that look trustworthy… I mean, from people with “90 mutual friends“… in the photography business. Profiles have nice pictures, look professional… they MUST be business affiliated, right? Why else would they want to friend me?
What harm could come of a simple “friending” on Facebook?
SO MUCH… SO SO SO SO MUCH.
If you are like me, you share & post personal things. Thoughts, vacations… PICTURES… take a millisecond to think about it.
It’s a trap… a scam… and potentially one that can possibly be linked to dark things involving children.
NO THANK YOU…
To be honest… I am infuriated! How the hell do people come up with this?
A scam targeted directly at photographers.
A scam targeted towards children…
Gagging again at the thought of a stranger peeking at my personal life like that… with ill intentions.
My PSA for the time being…. DO NOT FRIEND PEOPLE THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW.
and UNFRIEND PEOPLE THAT ARE ALREADY ON YOUR LIST who you do not know…
Scary thing… that there are people out there that do this stuff. Targeting because of our profession…
because of our own obsession with photographing our darling children and sharing it with people we love…
BARF GAG… I AM PISSED OFF!
Right now… photographers, head to your Facebook, and check your friends list (esp recent friends). If you do NOT know them on a personal or professional way, UNFRIEND. Go ahead and check profiles… and if it seems fishy, DELETE.
Protect your children…
Protect all of your REAL FRIENDS on social media…
Be wary of friend requests… and be SMART.
A lot of these people are hackers out to get your info or your friends info, too. They will make a fake account in your name, block you, and then go in a friend all of your friends which they accept because they think its you. I’ve seen it happen, gotten the friend requests, the random chats, etc. They will then randomly PM your friends to get money from them, stating you’re on a trip and stranded, etc….