Windsor man blackmailed into app sextortion scam
POLICE have warned people not to post anything online that they wouldn’t want people to see after a young man in Windsor suffered a ‘sextortion’ blackmail scam.
The man, who has not been named by police, committed an intimate act during a video call with a woman he met during a dating app.
Shortly after, she told him that she had filmed him doing this and threatening to put the content online “so that everyone on her contact list can see it” if she didn’t send him money. .
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But the man did not send any money and instead deactivated all of his social media accounts.
Police said he was “extremely upset” as a result of the sextortion scam.
Jeffrey Pick, of the Windsor and Maidenhead Police Team, said: ‘Please do not write / text / email / say / or do anything online that you would not be happy for your family, parents. / neighbors / friends, contacts – and employers to see.
“You know that makes sense!”
What is sextortion?
According to Lancashire Police, sextortion is “a form of blackmail where victims are usually tricked into performing sexual acts in front of their webcams and then unwittingly their actions are recorded by criminals.
“These criminals then attempt to extort the victim, usually for money by threatening to reveal the intimate images unless their demands are met.
“Victims are typically targeted through dating apps, social media, webcams, or adult pornography sites.
“While sextortion can be committed by individuals, organized crime gangs are generally behind it.”
Is this common?
According to Lancashire Police, 16 local cases of sextortion were reported to the force from January to March 2021.
In February, Ascot police officers sent out a warning after a woman was scammed into sending money to a fraudster following explicit calls online.
They had also met on a dating site.
She remained “devastated and distraught” after being forced to pay the man.
What if I am a victim of sextortion?
Lancashire Police, which have a full section on sextortion on their website, have advice on dealing with this type of blackmail.
- You shouldn’t panic – instead call the police on 101 and the officers will handle your case with “absolute confidence”
- You must not continue to communicate with the scammer. Instead, suspend social media accounts instead of deleting them and take screenshots of all posts.
- You shouldn’t pay the scammer, as this might cause the scammer to demand more money in the future
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