Welwyn Hatfield women ‘scared’ following Facebook messages

PUBLISHED: 10:54 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:04 25 April 2018

Police investigate Welwyn Hatfield Facebook message concerns.

Police investigate Welwyn Hatfield Facebook message concerns.


Women across Welwyn Hatfield say they have been left feeling “scared” after receiving disconcerting messages from a man on Facebook but police say “no crime has occurred”.

Dozens of woman have shared their concerns with the Welwyn Hatfield Times after a man contacted them asking for personal details and addresses.

A Hatfield mum, who has a nine-month-old daughter, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times she had received countless “strange” messages from a man after attempting to sell an item on Facebook.

She said: “It made me feel scared for my safety.

“It makes you think what kind of area have you really brought a little girl into.

“It’s scary, it really is.”

A police spokesman said: “Police have received a report of concern over messages sent to individuals on Facebook.

“We have assessed the situation and no crime has occurred.

“We would urge Facebook users to report any concerns to Facebook directly and if a crime has occurred, users should report this to us for us to investigate.”

The police have issued the following advice when using buy and sell groups on Facebook:

• Do not let peer pressure or what other people are doing on these sites convince you to do something you are not comfortable with.

• Be wary of publishing any identifying information about yourself – either in your profile or in your posts – such as phone numbers, pictures of your home, workplace or school, your address or birthday.

• Set up a separate email account to register and receive mail from the site. That way if you want to close down your account/page, you can simply stop using that mail account.

• Use strong passwords.

• Keep your profile closed and allow only your friends to view your profile.

• What goes online stays online. Do not say anything or publish pictures that might later cause you or someone else embarrassment.

• Never post comments that are abusive or may cause offence to either individuals or groups of society.

• Don’t post your holiday dates - or family photos while you are away - as social networking sites are a favourite research tool for the modern burglar.

• Learn how to use the site properly. Use the privacy features to restrict strangers’ access to your profile. Be guarded about who you let join your network.

• Be on your guard against phishing scams, including fake friend requests and posts from individuals or companies inviting you to visit other pages or sites.

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