I’ll highlight some of the more obvious signs this is a scam, just for the hell of it.
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Create an archive – Set up a folder on your PC’s hard drive where you can save large attachments. Then just delete them from your inbox. You’ll still have them and your in-box will be that much smaller.
Make your filters work for you- Did you know you can set up your E-mail account to immediately delete junk e-mail? Go to Options, and click Filters and reporting. Under the “Delete junk e-mail” section, select immediately to delete junk e-mail right away. Once you’re finished, click Save and you’re done.
Delete a bunch of mail at once- Go to your Junk and Deleted folders, and clear them out by clicking the “Empty” button in the action bar.
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How long do you think this would have gone on for?
I have first settled to pay 1500 dollars, after that, scammer said that is only the video on youtube and he promised to send him more money he will delete everything. another 800 dollars sent. Then, he asked for more after that.
Scammers will often pretend to be an organisation able to recover any money sent to scammers. Below is an example of the kind of email to look out for:
My name is Steve Austine, The head of Anti Crime Unit at Economic And Financial Crime Commission.(EFCC). We have 3 criminals here in our custody, and after all investigation and the confessions of the 3 internet criminals, We find out that you are one of the victim. We got your email from them and they told us how they scammed you and collected money from you. The Federal Government has already froze all their Bank Account that contain Millions of dollars.In order to pay back the money to the victims.
We have instructed to find out from the all victims and pay back what is rightfully belongs to them. All you need to do right now is to get back to us, And give us any proof that they truly collected money from you. I am giving you 100% hope that you will recover back all they stole from you. It does not matter where they contact you from or the name they called for you, All is criminal tricks.
I have Attached here with the copy of my ID card, For you to know whom you are dealing with. It will be good for you if you can get back to us and with any proof that you are truly a victim. The Government is doing everything possible to wipe away all the bad seed from this country. And with your help we will find the rest of them and track them down too. Thank You for your cooperation.
THE HEAD OF ANTI CRIME UNIT.
Economic And Financial Crime Commission.(EFCC)
This is one that’s slowly rearing its ugly head. It begins in a very similar way to the standard sextortion scam, but they don’t use the video as the threat. The person is contacted a short time later by someone claiming to be the female’s father. At this point, they claim that she’s a minor and money demands are made. We’ve seen reasons include counselling and to have a police report dropped. We’ve not seen enough cases to come up with steps to deal with this, so for now we’re advising people to follow the same steps as with a standard sextortion scam. The only difference would be to double the time spent away from social media sites to at least a month. As we get more reports, we can offer more tailored advice.
This morning we hit our 6000th blackmail form. This doesn’t include people who posted their scammer’s details themselves, emailed us with details or gave them to us in our live help room. A while ago I posted the fact we’d had 4000 forms in our third year. Looking at the numbers for the 6 weeks since then, and making a rough estimate based on those numbers (assuming they stay the same and don’t rise like they have in the past 3 years), we’re looking at over 5000 forms for the 4th year. Those really are scary numbers.
So I’ve been working on our presentation for iDate in London later this month about sextortion. It is of course a great opportunity to talk to the dating site industry and get our name out there, but I’ve hit a snag. Last year, we spoke about romance scammers. We were able to show them the things they need to look out for. There were example pictures and even sentences to look out for. This year however, we’re stuck on what to show for this. The problem is that there is no typical sextortion scammer profile. We can show a few photos that are likely scammers, but that’s it. Luckily there’s a whole bunch of other stuff to talk about, or we’d be stuck with a 5 minute presentation instead of a half hour.