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A.P C.I.D, Cyber Crimes Alert on Online harassment by “Online Sextortion”

A.P C.I.D, Cyber Crimes Alert on Online harassment by “Online Sextortion”

 

Threat summary:

Sextortion is an emerging form of online abuse. Sextortion occurs when a cybercriminal reaches our victim online through dating app, social media channels etc., initiates intimate video chats and lures them to pose nude in front of camera and record the same to blackmail the victim. Sextortion attempts to harass, embarrass and blackmail for financial gains.

         

Modus Operandi:

1. Sextortion through messaging apps: scammers send message to victims luring them for video/audio chat. Victim pays for the service and may pose nude in video call, which the scammer records or take screenshot. Victim is then blackmailed by scammers leading to sextortion.

2. Sextortion through dating apps: Scammers open fake accounts on dating apps. Victims, thinking the account to be genuine starts chatting/video calling and may pose nude in front of the scammer, who records his/her videos and takes pictures leading to sextortion.

3. Sextortion through social media platforms: cyber criminals creates pages on leading social networking platform and may also run ad campaign to target users. Victim fall prey of such posts/accounts, thereby revealing their intimate picture/video which cyber criminals use to blackmail the victims.

4. Sextortion via porn sites: Users of porn sites are sent blackmailing e-mail messages by cyber criminals. Victims are threatened to make their activity on porn sites public and asked to pay money (Usually in cryptocurrency). Many porn sites also offer sex chat/video calls which is being used to blackmail the victims.

Suggestions:

  1. Never pose nude, share intimate pictures over online video calls/social media platforms with unknown/known person. It can be used for blackmailing and seeking money from you.
  2. Avoid clicking intimate/nude/semi-nude photos/videos on your phone, which if leaked could cause embarrassment. There are several rouge mobile apps that could access your gallery/storage and can be used to blackmail you.
  3. Report sextortion to nearby police station or on www.cybercrime.gov.in immediately. Don’t hesitate in filing a complaint or contacting police due to shame, embarrassment and self-blame.
  4. Use “Report User “option over social media platforms to repost any such accounts.

 

 

 

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