DAWSON CREEK, B.C – RCMP are warning parents of two ongoing child luring investigations in Dawson Creek.

Police became involved in the cases over the last month and believe it involves the same suspect.

In both cases, young females were contacted through social media by a male saying they are “pretty” and that he could pay them an allowance of $400 a week. Both females reported the messages to their parents, who contacted the police.

While the investigations are underway, the RCMP reminds parents to speak with their children about steps to take to protect them from online predators.

“The best way to protect your children is to communicate with them and talk about what signs they should look for, and what they should do if they suspect that they are being targeted by an online predator,” says the RCMP release.

Children should watch out for unknown friend requests, unknown persons requesting pictures, unknown persons wanting to meet in person, online flirting with people you don’t know, and requests to provide personal information such as name, date of birth, address, or school.

Police are advising parents to monitor their child’s online activities to protect them from becoming a victim.