Some victims have been extremely distressed following this realisation, with tragic consequences.
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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 You Tube.
What you may believe to be a highly intimate and private moment may in fact be watched by a room full of strangers.
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.