A major shock for a Houston mom. She discovered a man's Facebook profile who says he's from San Angelo and posted pictures of her family. Our Senora Scott did some digging and has details.
"It's scary, because I'm sitting there looking at this page and feeling like this guy stole part of our memories,” Shelia Ybarra said.
Sheila Ybarra is a well-known makeup artist whose business is based in Houston. One of her clients told her about a Facebook post from a man whose name is listed as Oscar Acevedo.
"To be honest with you I couldn't believe what I was reading,” Ybarra said.
Sheila says Oscar took her daughter's picture, changed her name, and created a story calling her his niece. She immediately took action but...
"My hands are tied right? Because Facebook won't do anything. I did a police report here in Houston but they said 'really to be honest with you the only way we can do anything is if there are any charges or if he did anything to harm her,”’ Ybarra said.
Facebook responded to her query with this: telling her she should report the content not the entire profile. Unfortunately this kind of thing happens more often than we think, and we are the ones giving them the information.
"Any information that you put out there on the web can be obtained by just about anybody and they can use that information however they chose and it can be done with that simple screenshot,” Sgt. Justin Baker with the Department of Public Safety said.
A major concern for parents, these problems start online but can go from virtual to reality with just one post.
"Facebook, Twitter, Live.ly, Musicl.ly, Snapchat,” Baker said.
Those are some of the most popular social media sites but this type of activity can happen on any social site. Sheila told me, it was a wakeup call for their entire family. They even went through their friends list together.
"And if I don't recognize this name or it doesn't look familiar, I'm defriending them. You know if I would not invite them to a party at my home, I'm not gonna put them on my Facebook account,” Ybarra said.
Her wish now;
"First, Facebook should have a lot more regulations. Give underage children's parents more authority to be able to block these types of predators who are trying to take their information,” Ybarra said.
Her advice to other parents and anyone who posts online, make sure all your settings are private and you monitor what you're posting with a close eye.