In recent weeks we have seen a massive increase in the number of sextortion attempts with SA’s press shining a spotlight on this increasing social media scourge.
Trusting people, looking for the perfect match, bored partners, or undercover porn viewers are being increasingly targeted by groups of people who work on insecurities, naïvety and poor cybersecurity behaviour to coerce unsuspecting victims into parting with their money in order to prevent public humiliation and embarrassment.
I have seen several versions of the attack, some via WhatsApp and other via email.
The WhatsApp variety is very common; boy meets girl by swiping right. The match is made and introductory texts are exchanged. Almost immediately the beautiful girl shares intimate pictures and asks for the same in return. There is an almost aggressive exchange to ensure that the unsuspecting victim sends compromising photos that include showing their face.
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