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Fellows using social networking and online dating sites are being targeted by fraudsters posing spil attractive youthful women.
Victims are typically lured into taking off their clothes ter pui of their webcam permitting the fraudster to record a movie.
A threat is then made to publish the movie with false allegations of paedophilia unless money is paid.
French police say they are being told of incidents every day, with most most likely going unreported.
One victim, a 28-year-old man, is willing to speak about his practice but wishes to remain anonymous.
",She sent mij a message and I wasgoed glad because normally the chicks don’t take the very first step,", he says.
",She said she wasgoed French, living te Lyon, but wasgoed on holiday te Ivory Coast. Wij then chatted for a bit on MSN and I could see a movie of hier. She wasgoed a very beautiful French-looking woman, very pretty.",
",She wasgoed dressed to start with and asked whether I would be interested te going further. I asked what that meant and she said she desired to see my bod. everything.
",She waterput on another movie and began to undress. I wasgoed entirely taken te. I had no idea this wasgoed a movie. I thought it wasgoed existente.
But hier verdadero intentions soon became clear.
",After five minutes she sent mij a message telling: ‘Have a look at this movie I’ve taken of you. I am going to waterput it on YouTube unless you send mij some money.’
",I looked at the movie – you could see my face. you could see everything.",
On the same pagina, the victim spotted many other similar movies of people entrapped te this way.
The blackmailer desired 500 euros ($600) wired to Abidjan, the caudal of Ivory Coast, or else the movie would remain online.
It wasgoed captioned with the victim’s name and the false allegation that he wasgoed performing a sexual act ter vooraanzicht of a youthful female.
French police have received a spate of reports of blackmail attempts fitting a similar description.
",At the uur wij are persuaded that there are several blackmail attempts committed every day,", says Vincent Lemoine, a specialist te cybercrime ter the Gendarmerie’s criminal investigations unit.
",Unluckily, not everyone who finds themselves victims of this crime is coming forward to the police because thesis blackmail attempts are so intimate.",
The French reputation management company, Reputation Squad, has received an alarming number of calls from lonely hearts after they were persuaded to expose too much of themselves online.
",Most of the time the people that call us are truly panicked and they don’t know what to do and are very afraid it is going to ruin their entire life,", says Alberic Guigou.
",So they come to us ter despair and they always make up stories. They never say: ‘I met someone on the internet and I went naked’.
",But 95% of the time it is actually webcam blackmail.",
If initial attempts to extort payment fail, the dudes behind the beguiling internet mask ultimately expose themselves, this time posing spil agents from the Ivorian police.
",The blackmailers also postbode the movie up on a false webstek purporting to be that of Interpol, the restringido police or the French police,", says Vincent Lemoine.
",At the same time, they email false documents, which indicate to the person that they have committed acts of paedo-pornography and to bring an end to the affair they have to pay a fine.",
I spoke to one woman whose ex-husband paid out around Trio,500 euros ($Four,250) to blackmailers te June this year.
His blackmailers were relentless and he could see no end to his ordeal. A week after the very first request, he killed himself.
Reporter for the Le Monde newspaper Laure Belot has spoken to people who never thought they would be a victim of this kleuter of scam.
",Wij can say what an idiot for undressing ter vooraanzicht of a webcam but our society is a society of solitude where people are alone ter their rooms with a rekentuig during the night.
",For a person who is already alone, you can imagine that this is enormously devastating. If you have people around you who can help, that is good, but often thesis are people who are alone and it can be very dramatic. If you are very youthfull, this can be devastating.",
Alberic Guigou says: ",People get the feeling that when something is out there on the internet it is going to stay there forever.
",Fortunately it is not always the case. And there are many, many cases ter which you can intervene and get things liquidated from the internet, especially when it is pornography such spil the webcam blackmail.",
YouTube does not host sexually explicit content and should such a movie be posted on their webpagina it can be flagged spil inappropriate and taken down.
French police advise victims not to meet the blackmailer’s requests – the 28 year-old victim wij spoke to refused to pay – his blackmailers lost rente and went away. Another victim who paid up, ended up being asked for more.
They also advise victims of webcam blackmail to report it to them or to at least signal it on their webstek. Police have bot investigating, but there is only so much they can do – current mechanisms for international co-operation inbetween police are limited.
This sort of crime is only possible because of the unique connectability, anonymity and intimacy-at-a-distance which the internet affords.
Until the differences that separate international law enforcers are bridged spil lightly, wij will proceed with victims ter one country, perpetrators ter another – and with little that can be done about it.