We all know that having social networking account can sometimes welcome unwanted attention. However, with most social networking websites stalkers can easily be avoided if you’re careful about with whom you share your personal information. For example, you should only be sharing sensitive information with people you actually know. And if all else fails you can always delete your account and stop using the website or start a new account from scratch.
However, in the case of a 12-year-old girl from Australia, both of these approaches failed and the young girl, her mother, and her friends are still being harassed by a stalker. It all started out with the 12-year-old’s Facebook account getting hacked and the hacker using the account to get personal information from her friends.
The stalker used the Facebook account to contact the girl’s friends and ask them personal information such as where the girl lives. This went unnoticed for the first few days as the hacker used Facebook’s chat feature to contact the friends, and the chat history was cleared as soon as the hacker logged out. He also used the account to contact the girl’s mother and leave her vulgar and threatening messages on her profile.
Terrified, the family tried to shut down the Facebook account hoping the stalker would have no other means to harass the family and their friends. However, the family soon learned that the hacker changed the settings in a way that prevented the girl from deleting her own the account. At this point, the family tried to contact Facebook to report the problem, without reply.
“We tried reporting [the account] on Facebook… We got all her friends to report it on Facebook. Facebook won’t reply. They don’t want to contact us. They don’t want to know about it, basically. You cannot ring Facebook,” the mother said.
With the harassment still going on, the terrified family tried contacting the police hoping to get the account shut down. At first the police told the mother that it wouldn’t be a problem, but once again, to their surprise, the police called back about two hours later informing the mother that it would not be possible to shut down the account:
“They said Facebook won’t co-operate with the police,” she said.
The police are working on the investigation but declined to comment on the situation besides saying that they had “commenced inquiries.” With the girl and her mother still scared about what the stalker will do, the mother refuses to leave her daughter alone anywhere until the police catch him.
“Our daughters are so scared,” the mother said.
She was in tears, saying: ‘I’m scared, they say he’s going to get me and stuff,’” the mother recalls her daughter telling her.
For the time being the family is terrified and are hoping that the police will catch this stalker soon. However, as this is a new story we’re not sure why Facebook would refuse to shut down the account or at the very least temporarily disable it and are eagerly awaiting a solution to this problem.
And as for the rest of our readers, make sure you don’t give out your Facebook account password to anyone, be sure to customize your privacy and account settings, and be careful of what you share online.