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PSNI: 'Don't share naked pictures on social media'

By Staff Reporter

The PSNI has urged social media users to be aware of the potential dangers of sharing images.

Detective Chief Inspector James Mullen said social media has opened up new ways for people to engage, but that with this freedom comes potential risks.

"As a police service we've had reports from individuals who have fallen victim to blackmail conducted via social media," he said. "We're also being contacted by young men and women who have been duped into sending images and videos to fake modelling agencies and so called 'talent scouts' on various social media platforms.

"My message is simple - never post or send images to anyone via social media that you would not be happy to have viewed publicly, particularly nude images - remember there is always a chance those images could be shared."

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