There's a post going viral on social media involving a "mystery guy" friending a mother and that act resulting in a suspected case of child trafficking. So far the post has been shared more than 657,000 times and has been recirculated and translated into other languages under the headline "Mother loses child after making devastating mistake on Facebook." But does anyone know if it's true?

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Here is what's known: Cyndi Malvita posted the viral story to her Facebook followers on June 1, recounting the story of a mother losing her child after making a bad decision on Facebook.  

Malvita's story involves the mother accepting a friend request from a stranger with a "cute profile picture." It ends up that this so-called mystery guy becomes a stalker of the mother's children. The minute the mother posts a picture of her daughter, the stranger forwards it to his friends with the caption, "American Female. Age 5. Brown Hair. Black Eyes. $5,000." The daughter later ends up becoming a victim of child trafficking.  In Malvita's last words, "STOP ADDING STRANGERS ON FACEBOOK. Avoid keeping children’s pictures as (your) profile picture. Please SHARE it for the sake of all kids and parents." 

But what's the truth? The original story was never attributed to a credible source, so it's unknown if the story was true or not. According to Snopes.com, the facts state that children are actually more in danger from "trusted" adults and family members than a complete stranger on Facebook. Snopes.com also cites statistics from a child exploitation report that was given to Congress in 2010. "Only four percent of victims identified were exploited or abused by an adult not previously known to the child or their family." 



Here's the original "viral" post: 

A guy sends you a friend request. You don’t know him, but he’s got a cute profile picture, so you accept his friend...

Posted by Cyndi Malvita on Monday, June 1, 2015