Not everyone looking at your profile on Facebook and trying to connect with you is looking to be your friend.
In May, in what was meant to be kidnapping scheme turned fake rescue, a 15-year-old girl was murdered by a man pretending to be a teenager on Facebook. Kyle Dube of Orono, Maine, used his assumed identity to trick his victim, Nichole Cable, to meet him down the road from where she lived in order to procure marijuana, according to the affidavit released after Dube's indictment. There, in an attempt to abduct Cable, Dube in fact killed her.
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Stories of criminals exploiting easy access and information to individuals through social media networks frequently focus on nonviolent crimes like identity theft, burglary or fraud. But violent criminals can take advantage of the same channels to target their victims as well. Cable's case is tragic, but it's not unique.
In 2010, an 18-year-old Australian animal lover, believed she was pursuing a job offer with an animal welfare group when she met 20-year-old Christopher James Dannevig. They met at a creek south of Sydney, which she thought was for a camping trip to scout for injured animals. There, Nona']Dannevig murdered the young woman.