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Letter: People need to be vigilant

Comments re: Scams blossoming like wild flowers this spring

By Donna Rieder

It's sad that we live in a world where people are trying to steal from other people electronically. I've been spending more time on Facebook lately, looking for breeding stock to add to my little herd of Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats.

Sadly, there are people on there who have been stealing photos of other peoples' baby goats, then posting them for sale on Facebook. I contacted one of these low-life's inquiring about a goat kid they had posted for sale. Even though I live just a couple hours away and was going to bring cash with me, they kept insisting that I get a $100 gift card as a "deposit", take photos of both sides, and send it to them immediately via Messenger. This was a red flag to me, in addition to noticing an odd way of writing (their grammar), so I pulled up their profile, and all of the people who were listed as their friends, were foreign. I immediately posted an alert to all of my Facebook goat groups, and I got many comments from people who had encountered these scams, and some of them said they even recognized photos of their own goats on these other people's sites.


People need to be vigilant when it comes to doing anything on social media platforms. Most smartphones have the ability to edit photos, including adding writing to their photos, so I'm seeing a lot of other goat breeders doing just that, writing the name of the kids or adding a farm logo to photos before they post them for sale. Goat kids, that is :)

People need to remember to be aware that ANY photos they post are available for others to steal, and to keep in mind that there are predators out there who could be gathering information about your human kids. Also, be aware that there are thieves who scour the obituaries and take advantage of that by robbing peoples' home while they're attending the funeral. If you have to leave home to attend social functions, ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your house, or hire a house sitter for that time. It's really sad to know that there are people in our society who don't have any conscience about taking advantage of others for their own benefit, especially the more vulnerable ones like our children and elders.


This story was posted on 2022-04-09 13:14:38
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