More S’pore men fall prey to online strip-and-pay scams

Published by The new paper on Aug 18, 2014 06:00 am

Are men here so desperate that they would strip for a complete stranger they have just met online?

That is not the worst of it. These men then pay lots of money to prevent their pictures from being posted online.
Despite police warnings, there has been a spike in the number of reported cyber extortion cases.
Between January and June last year, there were 38 cases. In the same period this year, the figure was 132 – a 247 per cent increase.
The total amount involved also jumped, from at least $22,000 to at least $57,000.
Said head of investigation at Tanglin Police Division, Superintendent (Supt) Justin Wong, in an interview with The New Paper last week: “Most victims are men between 20 and 30 years old.
“Our Singaporean men are unfortunately so driven by lust that they fall victim to cyber extortion and it only takes a few days for scammers to gain rapport (with their victims).”
A typical scam case starts when an innocuous-looking and pretty face pops up on your Facebook account, wanting to befriend you.
In a video chat, she would strip naked and tempt you to do the same.
Once the scammers get their victims to perform obscene acts on camera or have obtained lewd photos of the victims, they have “achieved their target”, said Supt Wong, who has led several investigations into cyber extortion cases.
“That’s when the picture of the lady disappears and out comes a message that show a link to a video of yourself in compromising positions.”
Scammers will use these photos and videos to blackmail their victims for money.
Of the 132 cases so far this year, 61 victims sent money to their scammers to prevent explicit photos and videos of themselves from being spread. One victim was under the age of 16.
In one case this year, a 37-year-old man was extorted of about $7,300 after he was persuaded to show his genitals over video conferencing application Skype.
He paid because the scammer threatened to send a recorded video of his actions to his family and friends.

OUTSIDE JURISDICTION
In most cases, the money could not be recovered as the scammers are based in other countries, which is outside the police jurisdiction, said Supt Wong.
He added: “This is the reality of this kind of crime. So, we try to find ways to circumvent it, but it is difficult.”
“Make no mistake about it, these are overseas networks of criminals, not individuals. There are professional, sophisticated syndicates behind such scams.”

In May, a joint operation between Interpol, the Singapore Police Force and other police agencies resulted in the arrest of 58 scammers in the Philippines.
They were known to have operated “on an almost industrial scale” from call centre-style offices, an Interpol press release said.
Scammers would often contact strangers on the Internet, but not after extensively studying their potential victims first, said senior psychologist Jeffery Chin, who studies criminal behavior.
“He or she can study you through your digital footprint and the stuff you post online.” said the assistant director of the crime, investigation and forensic branch in the Home Team Behavioral Sciences Centre.
Supt Wong agreed: “They will look for victims who they know will be vulnerable, who will be susceptible to this sort of enticement. And then they will use that particular hook to catch that particular fish.”

There are also scammers based here.
In 2012, a 22-year-old student was blackmailed of nearly $100,000 over eight months. When he could no longer pay his scammers, he confessed to his father and made a police report.
The scammers, Alexander Soh, 24, and his girlfriend Yap Siew Ting, 19, were found guilty of extortion. Soh was jailed for five years and given five strokes of the cane, while Yap was given two years’ probation.

Scam cases this year
JANUARY
A 23-year-old man was extorted of $1,500 after he got to know a woman through a mobile messaging application.
They progressed to chatting online and the woman suggested they make a video of both them stripping. The victim agreed.
The woman threatened to circulate the video to the victim’s friends and family if he did not remit money to her. He paid her and made a police report.
FEBRUARY
A 37-year-old man lost $6,700 after he befriended an unknown woman on Facebook and they started chatting. They then communicated on Skype.
In one video chat, the woman suddenly appeared naked and asked him to reveal his genitals to her. She then blackmailed him and threatened to post the video on YouTube and share it with his friends.
The man made several transfers through a remittance agency before informing the police.
APRIL
Another 37-year-old man was extorted of $7,300 after his female scammer appeared in the nude in a video chat and asked him to show her his genitals.
He was reluctant but eventually persuaded to do so by the woman.
Not long after the video call ended, he was showed the video of him revealing his genitals. He was asked to pay her for the video to be deleted.
JULY
An 18-year-old man was invited to chat via Skype and was cheated of $3,100. During the chat, both the victim and woman performed indecent acts.
The next day, he received a Facebook message from the woman with a link to a YouTube clip of him performing the indecent act.
She asked for a sum of money to be paid, failing which the video would be circulated to his family and friends. He complied.

越来越多新加坡人沦为在线裸露支付骗局的受害者

翻译自 The New Paper 在 2014年8月18日上午06:00

这里的人是否如此绝望,以至于会为刚在网上认识的陌生人脱身?
那不是最坏的情况。然后这些人花了很多钱,以防止他们的照片在网上发布。
尽管有警方警告,但举报的网络勒索案件数量仍在激增。
去年一月至六月之间,有38例。在今年同期,这一数字为132,增长了247%。
涉及的总金额也从至少22,000美元跃升至至少57,000美元。
上周,东陵警司调查科负责人贾斯汀·黄(Justin Wong)说:“大多数受害者是20至30岁的男性。
“不幸的是,我们的新加坡人受到欲望的驱使,使他们成为网络勒索的受害者,骗子(与受害者)融洽相处仅需几天时间。”
当您想与您成为朋友时,当您的Facebook帐户上出现一个看起来清醒无瑕的漂亮面孔时,便开始了典型的骗局。
在视频聊天中,她会脱光衣服,并诱使您这样做。
诈骗者黄智达(Supt Wong)说,一旦骗子让受害者在摄像机上进行淫秽行为或获取受害者的淫秽照片,他们就“实现了目标”。
“那时候那位女士的照片消失了,出来了一条消息,显示与处于劣势的自己的视频的链接。”
诈骗者将使用这些照片和视频勒索受害者,以勒索金钱。
在今年迄今为止的132起案件中,有61名受害者向骗子汇款,以防止他们自己的露骨照片和录像被传播。一名受害者未满16岁。
在今年的一个案例中,一名37岁的男子被说服通过视频会议应用程序Skype展示自己的生殖器后被勒索约7,300美元。
他付钱是因为诈骗者扬言要向他的家人和朋友发送他的行为的录制视频。

外部管辖权
Supt Wong说,在大多数情况下,这些诈骗者都位于警察管辖范围之外的其他国家,因此无法收回这笔钱。
他补充说:“这是这种犯罪的现实。因此,我们试图找到方法来规避它,但这是困难的。”
“毫无疑问,这些是犯罪分子的海外网络,而不是个人。这些骗局背后有专业的,复杂的集团。”

5月,国际刑警组织,新加坡警察部队和其他警察机构的联合行动在菲律宾逮捕了58名骗子。
国际刑警组织的新闻稿说,据称他们在呼叫中心式办公室“几乎以工业规模经营”。
研究犯罪行为的高级心理学家杰弗里·钱(Jeffery Chin)表示,诈骗者通常会在互联网上与陌生人联系,但在首先对其潜在受害者进行广泛研究之后才这样做。
“他或她可以通过您的数字足迹和您在线发布的内容来研究您。”内政部团队行为科学中心犯罪,调查和法证处副处长说。
Wong Supt同意: “他们将寻找他们知道会很脆弱,容易受到这种诱惑的受害者。然后,他们将使用该特定的钩子来捕捉该特定的鱼。”

这里也有骗子
2012年,一名22岁的学生在八个月内被勒索了近10万美元。 当他不能再付钱给诈骗者时,他向父亲认罪并报警。
诈骗者,24岁的Alexander Soh和他的19岁的女友Yap Siew Ting被判犯有勒索罪。 Soh被判入狱五年,并被抚摸了五下拐杖,而Yap被判处了两年缓刑。

今年发生的诈骗案
一月
一名23岁的男子在通过移动短信应用认识一名女子后被勒索1,500美元。
他们前进到网上聊天,这位女士建议他们制作一段录像,将两人都剥离。受害人表示同意。
该名女子威胁说,如果他不向受害者汇款,则将视频分发给受害者的朋友和家人。他付给她报了警。
二月
一名37岁的男子在Facebook上与一个不知名的女人成为朋友后开始聊天,损失了6,700美元。然后,他们在Skype上进行了交流。
在一次视频聊天中,这名妇女突然露面,并要求他向她透露他的生殖器。然后,她勒索了他,并威胁要将该视频发布到YouTube上并与他的朋友分享。
该男子在通知警方之前通过汇款机构进行了多次汇款。
四月
另一名37岁的男子在视频聊天中出现在裸体女子面前,要求他向他展示自己的生殖器后,被勒索了7300美元。
他不愿意,但最终被那个女人说服了。
视频通话结束后不久,就向他显示了他的视频,其中显示了他的生殖器。要求他付钱给她,以删除该视频。
七月
一名18岁的男子被邀请通过Skype聊天,被骗3,100美元。聊天期间,受害人和妇女均进行了猥亵行为。
第二天,他从该女子那里收到一条Facebook消息,并带有指向他执行猥亵行为的YouTube剪辑的链接。
她要求支付一笔款项,否则视频将被分发给他的家人和朋友。他遵守了。

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