Sextortion is an ever increasing threat to visitors of Thailand, or those who visit Thailand live sex chat rooms, or use social media apps. The most common type of Sextortion is a form of sexual exploitation. This type of crime employs blackmail and coercion to extort money from the victim. Sextortion refers to sexual exploitation in which threatened release of sexual images or sexual video recordings. This is the most widely used means of coercion and blackmail.
In most cases it involves webcams and online video sex chat rooms also, or recorded video sex via social media applications or encounters with prostitutes. There are several methods that can be used in Sextortion.
Social media and text message applications are often the main source of the sexual material and the threatened means of sharing it with others. An example of this type of Sextortion is where people are extorted with a series of nude images or video recordings of themselves with prostitutes or media shared on the Internet through “sexting” or sexual conduct in online video chat rooms.
Another example is the use of webcams as the main method of blackmail, especially for those who use webcams for online sex chat rooms and cybersex. This usually involves a Sextortion criminal posing as someone else, like an attractive young female initiating communication of a sexual nature with the victim. In this clever form of trickery the Sextortionist simply shows a recorded video of a performer from a live cybersex webcam site to message the victim at points in the video where the performer appears to be typing on the keyboard.
This gives the illusion to the victim that it is actually the performer in the video messaging them, while in reality it is someone else setting them up for blackmail. This is the method most widely implemented by Sextortion criminals and it is very effective for obtaining sexually explicit material to be use for blackmailing the victim.
The victim is then persuaded to get naked in front of a webcam or mobile phone application, and may also be persuaded to engage in sexual behavior such as masturbation, and talk in an explicit nature for maximum effect. The video exchange is then recorded by the Sextortion criminal who then reveals their true intent all along and demands money or other forms of payment. Depending on how damaging the sexual material is and how financially well off or well known the victim is, the price to buy off the criminal can be very high. This number can be in the tens of thousands of dollars in most cases.
The Sextortion criminal will threaten to publicly release the sexually explicit content video to online social media services as well as send it to family members, friends, and business associates of the victim if they do not comply. Sometimes threats to make false allegations of pedophilia against the victim are made as well. This is also known as webcam blackmail. An increase in webcam blackmail cases (Sextortion) has been reported more and more over recent years and we have been receiving a large number of inquiries for cases of this nature in recent years. Sextortion effects both young and old, male and female also.
In extreme cases, Sextortion, or webcam blackmail of a sexual nature may cause severe humiliation to such an extent that some victims have taken their own their own life. The sexually explicit material can cause tremendous damage to the victim if it were to be released publicly or friends and family.
Criminals using Sextortion will generally identify the victim’s social media presence and then ask the victim to add them as friends or contacts. After collecting the names and contact information for the victim’s friends, family, and business associates, they will send an email to the victim in which they will threaten the release of the extremely compromising sexual content.
Sextortion criminals will claim to be in possession of personal intimate pictures or sexual recorded videos obtained through the computer’s webcam when the user was visiting pornographic sites and online sex chat rooms. They will demand payment in cash via bank transfer, Western Union, or even Bitcoin or other virtual currencies within 24 hours to stop them from releasing the damaging Sextortion material.
Demands are typically for between $1000 and up to $10,000 or higher, depending on how financially well off the victim is. The cyber criminals threaten to send the videos to the person’s “loved ones” unless they pay up. Police recommend that targets of the shakedown stay calm and refuse to pay because the blackmailers are usually bluffing and have no damaging material, but most of the time the evidence does exist, putting the victim in a very difficult situation.
The best way to avoid Sextortion is of course to never compromise yourself in such a manner. These days, it is extremely easy to blackmail an individual with social media because so many people use it on a daily basis. Therefore, it is a perfect resource for Sextortion criminals to find their victims. Most of the Sextortion criminals know that their victims are most likely not going to want to involve the police as this may make matters even worse.
Our advice? Never do anything online that you don’t want anyone else to see. It’s that simple. If you do, you’re just asking for trouble.
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