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08 December 2023

Girls, don't put pics on Facebook, says Dubai cop

Women must be careful on the net, say Dubai cops (FILE)

By Staff

Dubai Police say women putting their pictures on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter could be attracting unwanted attention.

Captain Rashid Lutah, Director of Electronic Evidence and General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology, said on Wednesday that women should not upload their photos in internet and social network sites to avoid being blackmailed.He said that the number of such crimes reported to the police has gone up to 73 cases in the year 2010 compared to 62 in the year 2009. 

A complaint filed by a woman was against a young man who hacked her email account and copied her photos. Later, he opened an account in her name on facebook and uploaded the photos along with a video clip. Then he blackmailed the woman for money.

Lutah said that some women and girls are putting their photos on the facebook, paving way for men to copy  the photos  and blackmail them, a local newspaper reported.

“The women should keep their personal data, photos and documents on separate hard disk and should update anti-virus programmes.
They should not open their personal account at internet cafes, workplaces or public places.”