All of us have probably heard about the use of social networking sites used for keeping track of the street gangs and criminals by spying onto their tweets and status updates. But this story that took Italy’s one of the most wanted criminals behind the bars because of his addiction to Facebook has its own dramatic twist.
The 33 years old Pasquale Manfred , who is the boss of the ferocious ‘Ndrangheta mafia organization from the Calabria region in southern Italy, had a Facebook account with the name “Scarface”. The Italian mafia boss used his account to socialize and communicate with his cronies sometimes using a code language. Manfred’s fondness of the social networking site kept him returning back to his Facebook account so often that hat police were able to trace the signal from his Internet key and find his hideout. One of Italy’s 100 most-wanted criminals was finally arrested after a run for months.
This isn’t the first time that Facebook has helped the law enforcement agents to track down the defaulters and put them behind the bars. A very recent encounter comes from Seattle where Maxi Sopo, a 26-year-old native of Cameroon was hunt down by a federal prosecutor after he posted his photos, sharing the amazing experience of the beach and club life of Mexico. Sopo was wanted on bank fraud charges as he had gathered a staggering amount of more than $200,000 from Seattle-area banks and credit unions.
The social networking sites are everyday proving themselves as the potential treasure trove of evidence. It is reported that many officials often work undercover with fake profiles to communicate with the criminal that has many times helped them to keep track of their activities and whereabouts. A recently released internal Justice Department document highlights how Facebook has been infiltrated by federal agents in an attempt against crime fighting.
Well the officials following an illegal route to fight the unlawful conduct, seems rather confusing to me and little indigestible. But the process however essentially brings forward the power of social media and its inexorable reach.