Police warning

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POLICE have issued a warning to social media users about a man interrupting their conversations and showing “inappropriate images”.

Cleveland Police urged members of the public to keep their social media accounts secure after receiving a string of reports about the web pest on messaging app, OoVoo.

OoVoo is a video chat and messaging app which is available for smart phones, tablets and iPods, and allows users to have conversations with multiple people at one time.

The unknown man has been interrupting people’s conversations and showing inappropriate pictures.

Police are advising users, and parents of child users, not to divulge any personal information, including using profile pictures which do not give away where the person lives. It is recommended that users check their privacy settings and make sure that it is set to ‘nobody’ so that only people who know their ooVoo ID can contact them.

Sergeant Andy Dark said: “Without using the privacy settings you or your child could be contacted by anyone at any time and a profile is available for anyone to see.

“We would advise that people check their privacy settings and keep their profile as impersonal as possible.”

Further advice on securing an Oovoo profile is available at: http://support.oovoo.com/link/portal/3908/4244/Article/2023/How-can-I-update-my-Privacy-settings-on-my-Android-device