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Are you being safe on social networking sites?

Submitted by on May 15, 2009 – 3:00 pm2 Comments

*May 14 - 00:05*
Nimzay Aponte

These days, many of us share what we are doing and where we are through multiple social networking sites, like Twitter, Facebook, various chat rooms, etc.

It’s obviously fun and convenient to let all your friends know what you’re up to with one quick “status update”, but are those updates perhaps reaching an unwanted audience?

Raymond Dennis, 35, met Nimzay Aponte, 25, through AOL. He “was apparently angry that she expressed no interest in seeing him after the initial Internet connection”, according to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Dennis, who went by the name “Mike” online, somehow learned from Aponte herself that she would be at a career conference this past Tuesday afternoon. He then tracked her down while she was taking a break from the conference, and stabbed her on a park bench in broad daylight.

As the young woman died she was able to utter the words “Mike did it”.

Her friend, William Sherief, was sitting right next her when Dennis attacked, and suffered minor stab wounds.

Having previously served time for drugs and assault, Dennis was arrested Wednesday and charged with second degree murder.

This is the third murder since March, related to contacts made online.

Many of you may have heard the story about medical student, Philip Markoff, aka the “Craigslist Killer”, who was charged for murdering Julissa Brisman. They had connected online and met up in Boston hotel, where he shot and killed the NYC massuese.

Although there are so many benefits to all of these social networking sites, we want to remind everyone to be safe when using them – make your profiles private so only friends and family can see your detailed information, or do not offer too much information about yourself, such as addresses, phone numbers, etc.

Please share your thoughts on this very serious topic!

Source: Newsday, NY Daily News

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  • Rick Lexington says:

    People take the net too serious etc. The net is too attention whorish. People make the mistakes of oh he looks like a nice guy then bam! Or this girl is cool and your hemmed up.

    I don’t use my real name. I got my number on FB but the homies that drunk call me already have it. As for FB, tweeter, myspace aim there’s a bunch of things I don’t say on there. Not to mention I’ve had some stalkers that knew me but stayed on my shiet 24/7. Like one of them has a picture of me by her bed. I know for damn sure I didn’t give her a picture because I hate taking pictures. The list goes on lol.

  • Jaycee says:

    Some of my friends internet date, but I just can’t do it. This woman in my town moved this guy she met on the internet in with her. He chased her down and shot in the parking lot of her apartment complex a few years ago. He tried to kill her daughter her , but she was able to get away. Its cool to chat but your crazy if you think that means you know somebody.

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