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February 14, 2023

Scammers profit from Turkey-Syria earthquake

  • Scammers are using the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria to try and trick people into donating their money.
  • Security experts have warned about the main methods used by scammers and have highlighted some useful ways you can check whether a cause is legitimate.
  • TikTok accounts are posting photos, looped videos and recordings of TV footage of the events whilst asking for donations which would come in the form of TikTok gifts.
  • Captions being used include phrases such as “Donate for earthquake victims” and “Let’s help Turkey”.
  • A spokesperson for TikTok has said they are “actively working to prevent people from scamming and misleading community members who want to help”.
  • On Twitter some users are using AI generated images, alongside links to cryptocurrency wallets asking for donations, fake fundraising accounts and links to PayPal.
  • In order to avoid scams and donate safely, remember to look up charities on your national charity register, report it to Action Fraud or the social media platform.
  • For more on this story, please visit the BBC News website.

Brianna Ghey – Latest on teen killed in Cheshire park

  • Brianna Ghey was found stabbed to death by members of the public at Linear Park in Warrington on Saturday.
  • Five days before her death, the 16-year-old uploaded a TikTok video with the caption; “Got excluded from school.”
  • She had a large following on the app with many supporters paying tribute to her.
  • Two teenagers aged 15 have been arrested on suspicion of murder, but the murder is not currently being treated as a hate crime by police.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Independent’s website.

Star Hobson: Inquest into murdered toddler’s death concludes

  • Star Hobson was a toddler when she died in 2020, as a result of months of abuse from her mother and her partner.
  • Both were convicted following a seven-week trial.
  • Jurors heard how the toddler experienced months of “neglect, cruelty and injury” despite five referrals made by concerned family and friends to the police and social workers.
  • The assessment visits were described as “superficial,” only giving a fraction of understanding into what Star experienced on a daily basis.
  • Recommendations were made including greater liaising and combined information from agencies, friends and members of children’s wider families.
  • For more on this story, please visit the BBC News website.