In my mind, and the mind of many victims, this is what Internet criminals look like. Truth be told, they look nothing like this scary clown. They look just like you and me.
For this reason, it’s important we keep our eyes wide open and do everything we can to protect each other from Internet criminals. It’s also important that we report all crimes and fraud when they happen. These resources will help you do just that [releated Periscope above]
Several Shows This Past Week
Earlier this week several live stream shows, including my Periscope on Monday, highlighted an ongoing problem with online social media crime and fraud. We shared our concerns and in some cases, disgust, for what is happening.
In Monday’s Periscope and my follow-up post, I shared six different ways you can protect yourself from Internet scammers. In today’s post, I share contact information and links allowing you to easily reach each of the major social media platforms when you’ve been a victim of a crime or when you see something else illegal happening on social media.
I hope you find this post useful. If so, please share.
Facebook and Facebook Live:
If someone created an account pretending to be you, go to the profile that’s impersonating you. If you can’t find it, try searching for the name used on the profile or ask your friends if they can send you a link to it. Click on the cover photo and at the bottom, click on options. Then select Report.
For Profiles, Posts, Posts on Your Timeline, Photos and Videos, Messages, Pages, Groups, Ads, Events, and Fundraisers, click here.
To report an account for impersonation, click here.
To report Abuse and Spam use this link.
Instagram Community guidelines
To report Snapchat safety Issues (which cover most of the above categories), use this link.
To report most of the above issues, use this link.
Google Related Platforms
All of the above issues relating to most Google platforms can be reported using this link.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center
A well-organized list of internet crimes and safety tips can be found at this link.
When it comes to series crimes, in addition to using the website page and links (above), it’s a good idea to send written notice with all facts and details to the social media platform. Use certified mail return receipt requested, FedEx or UPS to document delivery of your notice.
Twitter and Periscope: C/O Twitter, 1355 MARKET ST STE 900, San Francisco, CA 94103
Facebook, Inc.: 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park CA 94025
Instagram: 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park CA 94025
Linkedin: 2029 Stierlin Ct, Mountain View, CA 94043
Google Inc.: 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043
Snapchat: 63 Market St, Venice, California 90291
How to Protect Yourself Against Internet Scammers- Six Tips from a Lawyer [Periscope version here]
Do The Right Thing In Your Social Media Community!
😳INTERNET SCAM ARTISTS😳 To TELL or NOT to TELL when Someone you know is SCAMMING. Is it your MORAL OBLIGATION or None of Your BUSINESS? via Vicki Fitch (Facebook Live video- click here)
Why It’s Socially Responsible To “Call Out” Habitual Distracted Drivers