Sextortion – what is it?
It is the newest word in the scammer’s dictionary - sextortion. So what is it and what should you do if you have become a victim?
Many of us use webcams to chat to people, to work and even to flirt with new contacts. Some people use their webcams for cybersex and that is certainly not against the law unless it is with somebody underage.
The problem comes when the person that you meet online turns out not to be the person they have claimed to be.
A creeping menace
At Wilsons Detectives, more and more often victims are contacting us who have fallen prey to sextortionists who are using fake identities. These criminals, pretending to be like-minded individuals will entice their victim to have sex in front of their webcams. A common way to get victims involved is by using an attractive woman to flatter and then persuade the individual to partake in sex play. And this type of story has wider implications as often the women used as bait have themselves been coerced into what they are you doing or may have received threats or financial incentives to draw others in.
How they do it
The webcam images are recorded by the criminals who will then get in touch with the victim, threatening to send the images to their friends and families and business colleagues through their email or other online accounts, which will also have been hacked. This type of crime is taking its toll. In the UK, four men have already taken their own lives rather than face the shame of exposure by a sextortionist.
Men and Women are affected
But it is not only men who are targeted in this type of crime as women too can be blackmailed or coerced into carrying out sexual acts in order to prevent a sextortionist revealing what they themselves have been doing. This is a dirty crime with victims all the way along the line from the person set up to tempt another, through to the victim, and potentially their friends and family as well. The best ways to ensure that you do not become a victim of this type of crime is never to share anything intimates online unless you know the person very well.
The Criminals behind this type of crime
The evidence points towards the fact that organised crime groups, mostly from overseas, are behind this type of crime because the risk of carrying out this kind of crime, for them, is very low. Additionally they are able to reach a lot of victims online very easily. As well is that is the bonus for the criminal that many people are too embarrassed to report this particular kind of crime
What can you do to do if you have been a victim of sextortion?
If you are being threatened by someone who claims to have explicit images of you and is asking for money to ensure they don’t share those images the first thing to do is to stay calm. Then:
At Wilsons Detectives, we are seeing more of this type of crime and if you have been affected you should remember that you are a victim of an organized criminal gang. You are not alone and we can help you resolve the problem. Contact us now on https://www.detectiveswilsons.com/