Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Facebook crimes soar by 7,400%

Facebook crimes soar by 7,400%

WASHINGTON: Crimes committed on Facebook have soared 7,400% in the past three years.

The website has been used by perverts to groom victims and by criminals to make threats, intimidate, bully and harass people.

Campaign groups claim sex offenders use such websites to conceal their identity to snare children and women.

The figures were released by police in Cambridgeshire, where 1,640 Facebook crimes have been reported this year, compared to 22 in 2007.

Facebook was linked to 255 incidents of domestic violence, 426 of malicious nuisance and 210 of anti-social behaviour in the county this year.

A force spokesman said: “Everyone seems to be using it. It’s used to make threats.”


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