The scammer was threatening the victim continually through messaging, ultimately making his life miserable.

After a few days and more money going to the scammer, the victim said he was “DONE! He reported that it cost him a lot more than just money. Now he hopes that telling his story will help other guys avoid it. " UPDATE 7/23/17: On July 22 we received the following email from a 25 year old male...

And if you did respond to this blackmail and send money, what would you expect to happen next? Read what the Reddit user described after he paid the blackmailer 00… Now we have to do your Facebook contacts and pictures! Well, the following morning, he creates a fake Facebook profile with my name and picture and friend requested my boss, parents, WIFE, some other close friends, past clients, etc.

Petrified I tried negotiating and the amount came down to $1800 as final.

During this time I read various web sites and then I refused to pay.

I did some modifications to my FB and got the videos they posted on my comments deleted, reported the account to Facebook, and nothing ever changed for me. It is work and time for them to go after you but by showing no anxiety and giving them no leverage to hold against you, you are able to diffuse a really nasty situation.

Others have completely freaked out and gone through hell, even if they didn't pay the scammers.

I did undress but sensed something fishy and disconnected. I was shown my Facebook profile and list of all my friends who will get the video.

The scamster asked me to send 00 to a Western Union account in Pakistan.

The recent tragic death of a UK teenager, who, as reported by au, took his own life after being blackmailed by online scammers over an intimate photo, has prompted WA Scam Net to issue a fresh warning about this type of scam.

It is very common for fraudsters to pretend to be a love interest online and to supply revealing photos that are either models or porn-stars, stolen images from social media accounts or websites, or even potentially pictures belonging to a fellow scam victim. With videos they may use Skype featuring a model and software that automates the responses to appear as though it is a human communicating with you real-time.

The aim is to get the victim to take their clothes off or do sexual things in front of the camera, which will be recorded by the scammers.

There have also been cases where the scammers have hacked into a computer and turned on the webcam to record the victim unknowingly e.g. Once the scammers have personal, sensitive photos or videos, they demand money in exchange for not releasing the material on the internet.

His point, he says, is that you can never tell if you are being recorded. "I was friend requested by someone named Michela Duran [on Facebook], I accepted, and moments later she sends me messages like "do you like sex baby", and of course I'm a 25 year old man.