#datingscams | Privacy expert warns text scams are next way for human traffickers to find victims

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Human traffickers could next use text scams as a way to get the live locations of their victims.

So says a digital privacy expert as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day approaches on Monday (Jan. 11).

“It’s just a matter of time until predators adopt the technique, too,” said Daniel Markuson in a statement.

“Asking ‘What’s your number? I’ll give you a call and cheer you up,’” sounds harmless,” he added.

But Markuson, who works for virtual private network service provider NordVPN, which services 14 million internet users globally, points out, it’s not.

“Once the predators have your number, they can send you a text message pretending to be a delivery service that lost your order,” said his statement. “You click on the link provided in that message, and the traffickers get access to your live location.”

The Polaris Project, a Washington, D.C.,-based non-profit, non-government organization working to combat and prevent modern-day slavery and human trafficking, studied the online channels that are used to recruit victims in 2018.


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