Social media is an outstanding technological breakthrough of the twenty-first century. It is a wonderful invention, an extraordinary gift from above.
There are many social media platforms but few are distinguished. They are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, YouTube, etc.
These social media platforms attract millions of members around the world. There is no qualification to be a member. All you need is a computer or even a cellphone, you are good to go! There is no room for a background in journalism or mass communication. There is no need for a painstaking study in editing nor editorial experience. No editor nor editorial board. It is indeed social. You are on your own and master of yourself!
This idea has made mass communication easy, an all-comers affair!
The companies have rules but they are loose and there is neither strict monitoring nor enforcement of the rules. Weak enforcement of the rules makes compliance difficult.
Some unscrupulous people are running syndicates and making hay on the various social media platforms by defrauding unsuspecting members of the platforms. They are there pretending to be members but their major intention is to prey on the innocent members on the platform.
They are well-organized. Some claim to be priests, others pretend to be attorneys, while some claim to be successful businessmen or college administrators. Some of them use women as their vanguards to prove their sincerity. Since the social media platforms have connected the whole world together, it is easy for them to connect from one end of the globe to another.
The social media companies should come up with stricter rules on how to remove these weeds from their platforms. Telling a victim to block the scammer or simply removing the crook from a particular platform is not enough. If you remove him/her from this platform, the person goes to another platform, changes picture and name. He/she becomes a qualified and new member of the new platform. The scammer supports the new account with a powerful but deceptive pitch of who he/she is and what he/she can do.
The more hardened ones do not only migrate to a different platform, they equally change their names and photos and remain on the same platform as new honest members.
It will be proper to hand over such scammers to the police whenever they are discovered. There should be synergy between the social media companies and the police. This is part of global cybercrime and should be treated as such.
Usually, they start on social media and lure their victim out of the platform to deal maximum damage on him/her. This is why FBI and Interpol should be involved. Without their involvement, these crooks could make social media scary and ineffective.