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Look Both Ways by Linda Criddle

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How Predators Use Anonymity

Because online cybercriminals know very well how to hide their identities and intentions, you might never know who they really are. Using multiple personas, the ability to post anonymously and lurk (monitor a chat without declaring their presence), and other techniques, predators move around online with no clear identity. A 54-year-old man might tell your daughter he is a 16-year-old high school football star. A con man might pose as your banker trying to verify an electronic payment by asking you to enter the payment amount and your account number.

When you or your child develops a close relationship that exists purely online, consider that you actually have no idea who that other person is or what he or she wants from ...

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