Sextortion on the rise in Ireland as scammers threaten web users

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Thursday 7th April 2016
Conmen targetting potential victims

Conmen quarry potential victims

SEXTORTION is becoming one of the fastest rising crimes in Ireland and around the just ecstatic as advances in technology allow scammers numerous ways to target ca city victims.

The scams hit the headlines once again in Ireland this week after a piece of work said her husband took his own life after falling victim to a ostensible webcam blackmail where he was convinced by a person posing as a woman he met online to get rt in a sex act on a webcam.

The scammer then said they would place the video via Facebook to friends and family of the victim unless he id per money.

It is believed he id some cash but the video was uploaded after which he took his own time.

To make it worse, the scammers made false allegations that the sucker had been performing the act thinking he was talking to a child.

It is the latest in a string of such episodes both here and abroad.

Last year Ronan Hughes (17) from Tyrone conned his own life after he was the victim of a Nigerian blackmail gang who demanded he y £3,300 or exposed images of him would be sent to all his Facebook friends. He thought he was interacting with a maid but was another victim of an organised crime gang.

Sextortion on the rise in Ireland as scammers threaten web users

Ronan Hughes

Daniel Perry (17) from Dunfermline, in Scotland supposed his own life in 2013, just one hour after being targeted.

In January this year Gardai in Bruff, Co Limerick said they were exploring two reports of blackmail by women that Limerick men met through Facebook.

Inspector Luke Conlon characterized it as “insidious” and “a totally new phenomenon”.

It is believed thousands of people in this mountains have been targeted. “It isn’t alone happening here, it is happening everywhere the country. I would say there are an awful lot of incidents not being reported out of bashfulness by the person,” addd Conlon.

Earlier this year a caller to Cork’s RedFM berated how he was asked to y €5,000 to a blackmailer.

The man said the ploy didn’t work on him as he was segregate and told her he didn’t care if she released the footage.

“She didn’t catch me but she command catch someone. Even if it’s one person, that’s five grand,” he bring up.

However, many others even if they are single find it problematical to laugh it off when it happens to them.

There are several different conduct to get caught up in such scams. Sometimes people target their victims as a consequence Facebook but they also use dating apps like Tinder and man websites such as Match.com.

Scammers go after any target whether they’re manly or female, gay or straight, young, middle-aged or old.

The American Association of Retired Persons verbalized they regularly field calls from their members who tease exposed themselves in front of webcams and are being blackmailed as a result.

And it isn’t well-founded “vulnerable” people targeted. Highly intelligent people have been noted in by scammers.

Sextortion on the rise in Ireland as scammers threaten web users

Daniel Perry

There have been several chests of another type of web scam where people who connect through meeting sites are convinced to send over money believing they rtake of fallen for the person of their dreams.

Oxford-educated professor Judith Lathlean, a 67-year-old, scanned public last year to tell how she id £140,000 to a man she met on a dating install but never met in person.

English divorcée Suzanne Hardman (inset formerly larboard), then 56, was defrauded of £170,000 by a man she thought was ‘James Richards’, a widower charged in Portsmouth. However,

James was really a gang of Nigerian fraudsters who were later found of the scam.

In January conmen Ife Ojo and Olusegun Agbaje were sentenced to three years after they conned a spouse out of £1.6m by using a fictional character to contact her on dating website Conjoin.com.

The English victim thought she was corresponding with a man called Christian Anderson and issued him money to help fund a supposed business project.

Police and other means in countries across the world have reported an avalanche of complaints far such scams in the st two years.

Other scams involve blacks people to unwittingly launder money for them after thinking they met a latent lover online.

However, the main operators of online romance scams are purely looking for ready.

Wayne May who offers advice on the website scamsurvivors.com said that the website go places a be friendlies around 30 requests a day from victims of webcam extortion looking for lend a hand.

He said the obvious advice is not to expose yourself online but he understands some man will inevitably do so and offers this advice if you are targeted.

“Firstly, don’t send any scratch. We’re already seeing cases of people sending money, only to be told they dire to send more.”

“You’re going to have to bite the bullet and admit to child that you were caught by a scammer.”

He also says to do a complete virus control if the scammer sent images to your computer.

“It’s not unknown for people to send a virus to computers recondite in what appears to be an image file that would give them consummate access to your computer and all the information held on it.

“Now block them. Brick them and don’t take any more friend requests, certainly for a while. Add their email sermon to your blocked list, add their number to your blocked tip, block them from your friends list. Log out of Skype for two weeks. A commination can only be effective if you can read it.

“Block them, but don’t delete your email account or behoof. Instead make them invisible to outsiders or people not already on your leans. Scammers will encourage you to close your accounts after the happening as it destroys all evidence of their scam.”

He adds that it’s a good suggestion to deactivate or delete any accounts the scammer met you on making it impossible for them to come across you again.

“Search for your details in case they do post up your video. If they do, compose to the site and tell them it needs to be removed.

“Most sites pleasure remove it the moment they’re made aware of it.

“For the others, point out to them that it was posted without your approbation, the video was recorded without your knowledge or consent and is rt of a tribute plot against you so needs to be removed.”

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