How to deal with scams: Social media law expert Emma Sadleir shares tips

How to deal with scams: Social media law expert Emma Sadleir shares tips

Emma Sadleir is South Africa's leading expert on social media law. Sadleir joined the Scenic Drive to share advice on how to deal with scams.

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Fake news and scams are currently doing the rounds on social media. 

Over the last few months, Rian van Heerden was recently a victim of an online scam.

To emphasize the dangers of this practice, the Scenic Drive invited Emma Sadleir, an expert on social media law to share advice with South Africans on how to spot scams and fake news. 

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"The only way to stop it is to find out who is behind it. Facebook will notify us that they will not share personal information, however, they will share this information if you have the law behind it. 

"Companies, like Facebook, can trace the users that misuse the platform. 

"If we use influential people, like you, they will respond faster. There will always be scammers - especially when people are struggling financially, like now," Sadleir.

Sadleir founded her own company three years ago, the Digital Law Company, that specialises in educating and advising citizens on legal, disciplinary and reputational risks of social media. 

"We need to be sceptical. People are desperate. We need to be careful about what we read."

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