Here is a post taken from SKYPE itself, but it paints a graphic picture of what can happen when dealing with scammers.
Updated: June 11, 2014
Remember, they will steal your photos, and record your videos. They will use them against you if they can!
Im reporting a scammer that has taken a nude video of me and has threatened to post it to all of my contacts. I new a random girl talking to me was too good to be true but like an idiot I did. She was naked asked me to do the same then obliged. She contacted me through the dating site Plenty of Fish. I used the skype app on my phone so I still have all of our text messages including one from me stating
“[09/11/2013 2:29 AM] I do not consent to the posting of any nude or revealing pictures of my self. Doing so will result in legal actions pursuint of criminal privacy codes”
Now do I call 911 or how do I report this to the authorities? Hell I dont care if people see me naked, 5 years in the army nudity doesnt scare you anymore. But that this bitch has the balls to threaten me pisses me the hell off. I want her thrown in jail.
Ok, first off, this guy was stupid.
STUPID IN ALL CAPS!
Second, there is NOTHING that he can do about it. Once the scammer has his video, he can never stop them from posting anywhere they want – why? Because he has no right of privacy, and he doesn’t own the copyright. What you share with a scammer becomes public domain, even if it is private – because the other party has to agree to maintain the privacy.
Here is another one:
I had the same thing happen to me today. Mine started through a site called Badoo. Had the same added to skype and a video chat next thing im getting a phone call from a man in Morrocco saying unless i send £400 via western union he will post my Video. Im lucky when “she” asked for my facebook infoI said i ont use it. Ive deactivated my account and got a google alert on my name incase something appears. Ive also contacted my local police and have to see them tomorrow. In the meanwhile I have reported them on here and blocked them, I cannot get my network provider to block the numbers that are calling mebut they recommended getting an app for my phone that can do it. The video was taken off by you tube straight away thankfully. For everyones info my scammers username is liliana.hluchuk5.
If anyone has any other info or things ~I can do please let me know
You can also report them to email@example.com, so Skype can check and investigate their account and possibly suspicious activities. But don’t expect anything other than Skype shutting them down.
So learn these simple lessons.
- Don’t be stupid
- Protect yourself always
- Don’t put yourself in compromising positions until the person is in your bedroom! And even then, check their luggage for cameras! ;)
Additional Information On What To Do!
Users of video services, such as Skype, should be aware of a variety of scams that may use footage and images captured without your knowledge, to blackmail you.
In one version, the scam originates from a dating website or social network site like Facebook. The scammer may pretend to be an attractive, potential partner and strike up an online relationship with you. It may take some time and seem extremely believable. Eventually, they may ask you to join a Skype (video) call with them.
During the video call the scammer may attempt to lead you into participating in intimate, sexual activity or nudity, which can later be used to blackmail you.
Scammers may use carefully prepared webcam images or footage of themselves which may initially seem flattering, but can increasingly become coercive and explicit. They steadily increase pressure on you to participate, which they record and later threaten to distribute online.
Other reports include the scammer manipulating the images taken, to make them seem worse.
The scammers may threaten to send compromising pictures or video footage of you to your friends, colleagues or family, or post it to your networks such as Skype contacts or Facebook friends. Others have threatened to post the footage to porn sites or YouTube.
What you may believe to be a highly intimate and private moment may in fact be watched by a room full of strangers. Some victims have been extremely distressed following this realisation, with tragic consequences.
In another type of webcam-based scam, malware installed on your computer can be used to operate your built-in webcam, recording images of you without your knowledge. This malware is known as a Remote Access Trojan or RAT and can remotely activate your webcam, at the same time, disabling your camera indicator light. These images can also be used to blackmail you.
What should you do?
- As always, make sure your software and systems are up-to-date, and that you are using up-to-date security software.
- Be aware that anything you do on the internet, including video and voice calls, can be recorded.
- Never use your webcam to video call someone you do not know.
- Be cautious about people you meet online. People you meet online may not be who they seem to be.
- Revealing personal details online is extremely risky.
- Be aware that this type of scam is blackmail and it is illegal. The scammers are breaking the law.
If you have been threatened, you should:
- Block their emails and their accounts from all networks. Cease all contact with the scammer. Scammers often seek soft targets, so they may move on if you do not respond. Some victims have reported no further consequences once they blocked the scammer and ignored their demands.
- Be suspicious of any new or unusual friend requests, for example, someone you thought you were already friends with on Facebook.
- Save the scammer’s details, emails, comment threads or any other evidence you have of them and the extortion attempt. This can be done with screenshots or taking a photo with your phone.
- If you think images or footage may be posted online (you can set up a Google email alert to look for this content every day), you can contact the host site to ask them to remove the files.
- Contact your local police and notify them of the activity.
- Report it. If the scammer is in the U.S, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Europe, your local police authorities will take action in cases of Extortion. But if the scammer is outside your country, there is virtually nothing you can do.
- The only leverage the scammers have is your embarrassment. You may consider accepting the disclosure.
- Paying scammers and extortionists is never encouraged. Once you have paid, there is nothing preventing them from targeting you or your compromised computer again.
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