My husband and I used the Internet to get to know each other when we first met.
Those were the days before online dating, but because we lived 3,000 miles away from each other, we used the Internet to communicate and become closer.
“Our team intercepted sexually abusive images of young children in the course of our daily investigations, examined them and identified the location of the victims that were being sexually abused.
These are professional con artists who groom their victims by preying on their emotions.” The internet and social media are used to recruit large numbers of victims as scam artists target individuals whose profile implies that they have access to money or are in high paid positions, says Sutherland.
She said that cyber-stalking and digital voyeurism (the practice of spying on people who are engaged in intimate behaviours and actions of a private nature) are common practice and stalkers, also known as “trolls”, harass their prey with the specific intention of causing fear out of a desire for revenge or humiliation.
When it comes to cyber-dating, the individual using the platform will essentially be communicating with a stranger and it is essential to never divulge any personal information, such as where one lives or works, to strangers on the platform, says Sutherland.
“People tend to be more trusting of an online profile than they should be and a degree of scepticism is crucial to ensure safety.