Fake police officers targeting young people online

TWO incidents on social media this week have spurred police to warn young people on the Coffs Coast, and their parents, of the dangers of social media.

Police say in recent weeks at least two local young teenage girls have been contacted via their social media accounts by strangers.

On each occasion, the stranger has pretended to be a police officer, and has subsequently demanded the young person supply inappropriate photos of themselves via the social media platform.

The stranger has on both occasions attempted to threaten and intimidate the young person when the demands weren't immediately met.

A NSW Police spokesman said they wised to reiterate police did not contact anyone, particularly young people, via any social media program or platform.

"Parents are asked to discuss this with their children, monitor their children's use of social media, and reinforce the potential dangers of speaking with strangers in this manner," they said.

"It goes without saying that personal photos of this type should never be sent to any person, let alone a stranger, regardless of the circumstances." Social media approaches such as these should be reported to police immediately.

Phone Coffs Harbour Police on 6691 0799, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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