NYPD Catfishing Would-be Teen Criminals

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A New York Times feature today about the NYPD's attempts to reach potential juvenile offenders includes crucial information about the department's frequently touted undercover Facebook activity: First, a detective "creates an avatar, typically the persona of a female teenager, and sends out 'friend requests.' Sometimes, accepted requests are followed by a come-on from the targeted teenager, like an inquiry about where the 'girl' lives or whether she wants to meet up." No, kids, the random hot woman who sought you out randomly does not want to hang out. Now or ever.