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Warning: Bid to dupe Northern Ireland boys into sending indecent images over Instagram

Police issued a warning over a possible fake Instagram account asking Northern Ireland teenage boys to send "indecent images".

Carrickfergus PSNI issued the warning on its Facebook page. It said concerned parents had contacted officers to raise the matter.

Other profiles for the PSNI said they had come across the same account - @sarahhbrownn14 - in their districts.

UPDATE _____________________________________________ Last night we informed you of a possible fake Instagram account...

Posted by PSNI Carrickfergus on Sunday, June 3, 2018

"The female in the profile picture appears to be a stock image found on an internet search," said a police officer.

"We would, as always, warn against friending or accepting requests from anyone you do not know!

"Sarah here looks pleasant enough, Sarah could be legit. Sarah could also be someone else entirely.

"Take five minutes and have this chat with your kids, show them or share this image."

Anyone who has been contacted by the account and may have sent images to it has been urged to contact police.

"We can help. Phone us, but don't delay," added a police officer.

In 2015, 17-year-old Ronan Hughes from County Tyrone took his own life after online blackmailers tricked him into sending them intimate pictures of himself.

The matter was raised by MEP Diane Dodds in the European Parliament to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The social media giant owns Instagram.

He said: “The bottom line here is that hate speech, bullying, terror, violence - all this content has no place on our services.

“But in order to really execute that we need to upgrade and do a better job of executing our policies.”

Police can be contacted on 101.

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