The term "sextortion" was a term coined by the National Police Chiefs' Council, which has been investigating the growing crime.The NPCC said gangs were making millions from the scam, with thousands of victims too afraid to come forward.He he is young, my age, and I just think it's sad that he chose to do this and has now put himself in this big dilemma.'She said that people can protect themselves by changing their passwords frequently and deleting browsing history regularly.She also suggested putting a sticker over the webcam when it's not being used.The number of people reporting financially-motivated cyber enabled blackmails more than doubled from 385 in 2015 to 864 up to November 2016, police said. Four young men in the UK have killed themselves in the last year after being blackmailed by one of the cyber gangs.The National Crime Agency said the victims are aged between 14 and 82, with the highest proportion being men aged between 21 and 30, and with a substantial proportion in the 11-20 age group.
Deactivating the Facebook account temporarily rather than shutting it down will mean the data are preserved and will help police to collect evidence.
'I didn't realize this could happen': Cassidy Wolf, 19, speaks with Anderson Cooper about her 'sextortion' ordeal on Monday night, after her computer was hacked and a boy from her school secretly watched her via webcam for one year Wolf was sent an email containing a series of photos of herself changing, with Abrahams demanding better-quality photos, video and a five-minute sex show on Skype or he would make the images public, threatening to ruin her beauty pageant chances.
She found herself, 'relieved, glad that they were able to find who the person is, but on the other hand it was someone I went to high school with.
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It also said that children were among those exploited for sums ranging from £50 to £800.