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Posted: 22 August 2007 at 10:23am | IP Logged he_digital_world/articleshow/2299381.cms

MUMBAI: Going by the page on a social networking site, Randhir Prakash was a 28-year-old Delhi resident, single, a Gemini, with a Masters in Business, owned a budding outsourcing business and a self-professed lover of the works of Shakespeare.

The description was what swept Pallavi Mehta, a daughter of a Gujarat-based business tycoon, off her feet. It took her all of 15 days to decide that Prakash was her soul mate and 10 more to marry him. Little did she know that Prakash was an ex-convict Tongue who had lured her into marriage just for her money.Embarrassed

Today, Mehta has managed to get out of the torturous relationship and is back with her parents trying to forget the past.Embarrassed Unfortunately, Mehta isn't the only one who has being taken for a ride in the virtual world, the new playground for miscreants.

Technology, a boon to boost connectivity and response, has a flip side which is often exploited by all manner of criminals including sexual offenders, confidence tricksters and plain robbers.Embarrassed Whether it's an Internet chat room or the cellphone or even a gaming zone, the virtual world allows a person to weave an illusionary identity, which becomes the digital counterpart of the real person.Embarrassed

Online avenues such as blogs, networking and mbolgs have become the counterparts of clubs or places to socialise. You find people on them bragging to friends about their accomplishments, pouring out their life's philosophies and trying to hunt for soul mates. But what people tend to forget is caution is as important here as in real life.

A few months ago, the Internet was abuzz with tales of a Brazilian gamer whose case somewhat mirrors that of Adnan Patrawala. This hardcore gamer was allegedly kidnapped by an armed gang of four after a criminal's girlfriend lured him into a fake date using a social networking site.Embarrassed They held him hostage in Sao Paulo for five hours to get his gaming password, which they wanted to sell for $8,000.

In gaming parlours, it's a common scenario for unsuspecting teens to make friends over a game. The mere familiarity that comes into play while strategising to beat a gaming opponent can form the basis of a real-life friendship with a complete stranger. Then there have been instances when goons have befriended surfers either on chatrooms or blogs to track the movement of their parents.Embarrassed

"They basically befriended kids of rich parents to find out when they would go on a holiday in order to plan a robbery,"Embarrassed says Raghu Raman of Mahindra Securities, who tracks online crime.

The ubiquitous mobile phone is yet another tool for potential misuse.Embarrassed Police have tracked hackers using Bluetooth a technology that lets you connect to similar Bluetooth-enabled devices such as mobiles in the near vicinity to steal data such as bank account passwords.Embarrassed There have been instances where hackers have found ways to eavesdrop on conversations to use the information for personal gain.Embarrassed

The Internet itself has been a breeding ground for online crimes such as phishing, hacking and such where criminals are using technology to embezzle billions across the world.Embarrassed

Finally, everything boils down to how cautious you are while making friends, say analysts.Embarrassed Trusting people in the digital world is exactly like making friends offline.Smile Would you like to be pally Tonguewith a child molester?Embarrassed Would an ex-convict Tongue make a great friend?Embarrassed Caution is the key word. Just like you do a background check on people in real life, make sure you are as aware in your digital world.Smile
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Originally posted by prithvi lover

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