ASACP Name Used in Online Scams
Los Angeles, CA (November 26, 2008) – The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) has learned that people are increasingly using the ASACP name to threaten people online.
ASACP has been informed by Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC) that child protection vigilantes are threatening people on message boards saying that the content they are posting is illegal. It is uncertain whether the content these people are referring to is actual child pornography (CP) or adult content that certain people may find objectionable. These vigilantes are claiming to be ASACP employees and are threatening people with legal action.
“Anyone who comes across suspect child pornography should report it immediately to ASACP at www.asacp.org or to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.cybertipline.com. Never directly confront anyone who you believe is distributing CP,” stated ASACP Director of Compliance and Technology Tim Henning. “It’s important to know that ASACP would never contact any member of the general public directly regarding suspect CP.”
ASACP does not directly search for CP, have employees monitoring or patrolling communities or message boards, contact or confront anyone who may be a suspected of distributing CP, or investigate individuals or suspected pedophiles. ASACP never sends unsolicited email or instant messages, regarding CP or otherwise. ASACP operates a CP reporting hotline and forwards on suspected CP websites to appropriate contacts in law enforcement.
ASACP offers important advice on how to protect your business in its best practices and code of ethics, both of which are available on the ASACP website. To protect children from viewing age-inappropriate materials online, label with the RTA – Restricted to Adults Website label today at www.rtalabel.org.
Founded in 1996, the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is a non- profit organization dedicated to eliminating child pornography from the Internet. ASACP also works to help parents prevent children from viewing age-inappropriate material online. Companies and individuals interested in supporting ASACP may go to www.asacp.org for more information on how to get involved.