Facebook: mum's clever trick to catch suspected paedophile
A MUM posed as her 13-year-old daughter to snare a suspected paedophile who was trying to lure her into his sick S&M games.
UK woman Kelly Carberry, 34, stepped in after checking her daughter's Facebook profile for the first time.
She was shocked when a message popped up saying "do you promise to keep your mouth shut?"
Knowing something was not right, Kelly went along with the messages as if she was Chloe-Marie.
The man, who she claims was pretending to be a girl on Facebook, continued to reply and attempted to lure her into playing out his sick sadomasochistic fantasies.
After sharing the disgusting messages on social media, Kelly believes she has exposed a paedophile who has targeted "at least 100" youngsters after being inundated with messages from others.
Kelly, from Preston, said: "I couldn't believe it. This morning I thought I'd check her Facebook profile and four messages appeared from this weird person.
"I just started replying to him pretending to be her.
"He said 'are you on your own' and 'go in the room and shut your door'.
"After a bit, I just told him I was her mum and said 'what are you doing?'
"He's deleted two of his accounts but I think he had at least three originally.
"I want to warn other children and their parents about this man."
In one of his first messages whilst Kelly was on the profile, the man wrote: "Do you promise to keep your mouth closed about what is said on here, staying in here only and you cannot tell anyone else okay?"
He then continued writing: "Are you in your bedroom on your own?"
After the shock of realising how easily predators can groom children via social media, Kelly went online to warn others against the man who was talking to her daughter.
When she started getting messages from other concerned mums, she realised the alleged paedophile had been trying to contact young girls from across the North West of England.
Kelly said: "After I posted the warning, other mothers have got in contact with the messages he has sent their daughters.
"I'm going to have to keep everything checked on social media from now on.
"It's just what I have got to do as a parent to make sure they're safe but it's a difficult thing when she's 13.
"With the comments I've received since posting online, I'd say he could have been talking to at least 100 children."
A spokesperson from Lancashire Police said: "We can confirm that a report has been made and we are investigating it."
This story originally appeared in The Sun and is republished with permission.