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Facebook Cyberstalking: The Dark Side Of Social Media

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A warning about the information you put on Facebook.

What you share with your many "friends" could make you an easy target for cyber stalking.  Becky accepted a friend request from Arutyan 'Haroot' Pashayan. At first, it seemed innocent but it turned her life upside down.

What Becky didn't realize is that Pashayan was keeping a close eye on her FB posts.  If she posted she'd be attending a party, Becky says Pashayan would show up.  She says, "He actually believed that he knew who I was and I was meant to be with him, that I was in love with him from what he read on my FB."

Becky deleted and blocked Pashayan. She also filed a restraining order but that still didn't stop Pashayan.  Finally, months after we aired this story, the LA City Attorney's office filed charges against Pashayan for stalking, violating a restraining order and making annoying phone calls.

Here are some reminders to protect yourself from potential stalkers:

  • Don't accept friend requests from people you don't know.
  • Be cognizant of all the information you put on your FB status.
  • If someone is bothering you, delete and block them.
  • Block strangers from finding you on FB and limit who sees your profile.
  • Be in control of your social media. If you're not, someone could be following your every move and you may not even know it until it's too late.
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