So you look for their weaknesses, and you exploit them. You see someone who looks like a sheikh, carrying the Koran, and you think, ‘There’s no way he’ll fall for this – but let’s try him anyway.’ And when you try, he falls for it.” Those tools help Omar earn 500 USD a day from the scam.The other weakness is when they are married, for example. Users can protect themselves against sextortionists like the one that targeted Samir by following some best practices for social networking sites.

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For instance, users should never post too much information about themselves on Twitter or Facebook, as fraudsters could abuse that information to steal their identity.

They should also be careful about whom they connect with on social media.

He also thinks the video would likely go to his loved ones’ junk mail and that they wouldn’t click on a link from a suspicious sender anyway. One week later, the man reaches out to Samir and says he’s about to upload the video onto You Tube. The video goes up, and Samir gets to work: “I keep reporting the video.

Each time I’m watching the number of views to see if anyone else has viewed it. “From what I can tell, all the views were mine, except for one.

The webcam is a cherished tool of digital extortionists.

With the help of a remote access trojan (RAT) like Black Shades or Dark Comet, a bad actor can “slave” a user’s computer, assume control over their webcam, record the unknowing individual, and leverage that footage to get what they want from their victim.

The fake profiles show up alongside the other photos of strangers you see once you've signed into Tinder through Facebook via the i Phone app.

For those who haven't used it, on Tinder you fill out a simple profile and post a few photos of yourself.

That could have been him viewing it after he uploaded it, or one of my relatives.