Sextortion is a criminal act and a form of blackmail in which sexual information or images are used to extort money from the victim.
Sextortion is a criminal act and a form of blackmail in which sexual information or images are used to extort money from the victim. The attack methodology of sextortion is as follows:
Online predators use fake profiles as their identity to chat and lure the victims on social networking sites. After gaining the trust and confidence of victims, they convince them to engage in video calls on Skype. They are eventually persuaded to perform indecent acts through webcams. These videos and images are captured and recorded by the online predators and are used to harass and blackmail them morally as well as for financial gains. In some cases, when victims refuse to act in favour of the online predators, their pictures posted on their social networking profiles are stolen and morphed to make them appear obscene and then used to blackmail them or may even sent to the victim’s friends.
I became victim of Sextortion. What to do?
- Stop all communications with the online predator
- Deactivate your social media account and any other accounts that have been used to chat with the online predator
- Report to MAUCORS
How can I protect against sextortion?
- Do not accept friend requests from strangers.
- Never send compromising images of yourself to anyone, no matter who they are or who they say they are.
- Cover webcams with a removable sticker or tape when you are not using them.
- Do not open attachments when you are not confident of the sender.
- If someone you know is being victimized through sextortion, report it to your parents and encourage the victim to report it to MAUCORS.
- If you are receiving sextortion threats, do not be afraid to talk to your parents or to call the Police.