It felt too good to be true. The user, whose profile name was KellyCute , started sending Billy suggestive messages within minutes. But the experience quickly took a turn: Afterwards, the woman told him she had saved pictures of their brief cyber-sex session and was going to send them to everyone he knew, messages reviewed by MarketWatch confirmed. Tens of thousands of Americans fall victim to online romance-related scams each year, according to the Federal Trade Commission. In , more than 21, romance scams were reported to the FTC, up from 8, in Romance-related attacks can range from scammers targeting victims they meet on dating apps for money — often claiming they will come to visit or inventing emergencies like a car breaking down or medical costs — to blackmailing attempts like the one Billy experienced. It found 1 in 10 phishing emails were blackmail or sextortion attacks. Today, Americans are twice as likely to be targeted in a sextortion scam than in a business email attack, the report said. Alarmed, he immediately signed up for an account on Xoom, a money-wiring service, while she watched through his shared screen. He sent the money that night.
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Victims from the area, about km northeast of Cape Town, were duped into sending a portfolio of photographs via WhatsApp in exchange for promised payment of between R10, and R20, and the opportunity to land modelling contracts. She asked to remain anonymous. Friends and family alerted the victims when their pictures started circulating on WhatsApp. Police were not immediately able to confirm if any of the victims had officially reported the scam. Numerous people have fallen for similar scams, with many turning into extortion nightmares for the victims. South African social media law expert Emma Sadleir warns in tips for staying safe online on her website that sharing nudes is never a good idea. If you or the subject of the nudes are under 18, doing so can be a criminal offence relating to child pornography. Register Sign In.
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