Perception vs. Reality: Does your social media posts make you a target for criminal activity?

This morning I feel very disappointed to learn of a crime committed against an individual based on the perception of the person having large amounts of cash in their home. What happened seems to be something senseless and potentially avoidable. This crime was committed by a young white man against another young white man dating a woman the first guy, had a child with. Simply because the guy posted images of money in bundles, in photos online… someone he knew decided to rob him. 

It’s Not Worth Loosing Your Life Trying to be Impressive Online

The poster of the photos didn’t actually have money in his home. The money posted in pics, was prop money, but it seemed an easy target for someone looking to harm him. The poster was stabbed in a home invasion setup by a person who knew him. The person who sent people to rob the poster did not go to the property, but really believed, they would find money seen online, in the home. The victim tried to escape by jumping from a window in his home. Then flagged down a car for help. The driver of the car turned out to be the get away driver for burglars. Upon examination of 360 degrees hone security camera, the victim was picked up, driven down the street… murdered and body dumped yards from his home. This doesn’t feel like it’s reality based behavior, however the perception of cash laying around attracted the wrong type of attention. 

Beware of What. You Share

Social Media is one of the primary sources a getting content directly to an audience. While there are verified profiles with blue checks separating true celebrity accounts from scam/duplicates accounts, someone still manages to pull one over on some one. What’s, in my opinion designed as a communication tool has been over saturated with emotional, personal and fake information. As a tool, it ties people together globally. The use of mobile devices makes it, even more convenient to share, on the go. Why abuse it?

Convenient and Easy Communication Tool

How do you want to be perceived online? What is the reality of your life situation? People simply look at social media groups and pages as a website. Many log on, post very negative statements, troll, bully and see it as a game. Full grown adults… up all night, picking fights and being as disrespectful as they can. It’s a game in the minds of the immature people who do this. There is no responsibility or expectation of accountability, because they believe they are anonymous. However, there is no anonymity or promise of privacy guaranteed or offered when using social media. Some behavior is prosecutable by law and it.s not just a website. Social media sites are robust databanks, linked to a myriad of remote servers you do NOT OWN NOR CONTROL. 

Think Twice About What You Share Online

The information we put online is stored and linked by our accounts access through our IP Addresses, location and matched with Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from others online sources. Everything you think has been deleted, only gets removed from your immediate use. Once posted, others can screen shot, save and share without your knowing, creating additional sources for information to come back to haunt you. Perspective employers, coworkers and those who aim to do you harm, alike… have access to this information. Did you know that google archives and shares many photos directly from your social media uploads? Did you know your name can be entered into a search bar and all comments and posts be easily displayed, from online groups ? I’m not sure what it will take for people to be more mindful of their online conduct. Things are much more serious than we think.

Beware of the consequences for sharing financial status on social media

Some use social media as a simple way to reach out to family and friends. Others see it as an opportunity to reinvent themselves. Posts created to share travels around the world, new toys, dream homes ; All presented as their current lifestyle. While many individuals work a job, there are so many people who declare businesses just to project a sense of financial stability. However, posting pictures of paychecks, check stubs and cash money should be a no no, but people can’t seem to resist. Seems there is nothing people won’t say or do for attention. It’s never enough.What does it really say about a person, if they are in a photo with stacks of money next to them? Not, sure it communicates wealth, at all. It may set you up as a target for criminal activity. Choose what you post very wisely.

Perception vs, Reality

Some people simply scroll social media to scout for targets. Sharing to much about valuables, times away from home and tangible achievements, may not inspire joy in those who live a different life from you. It’s a lot to anticipate how someone else may feel about what you post. While you can not drive someone to commit a crime against you. The less personal information displayed, will probably limit the chances to be singled out. Cyber crimes have increased since the dawn if social media for the general public. Criminals have gotten more sophisticated with their online business scams and ways to get what you have. Why is it important to make online contacts feel you have a particular type of life? I say safety first and live for you. I don’t think creating a false identity online is worth loosing my life. Please be more mindful and careful with what you are sharing online. You never know who’s looking or why. Be safe and enjoy connecting.

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