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Men warned not to engage in sexual acts online after multiple local blackmail attempts

Victims 'tempted, coaxed and seduced into posing in revealing positions, even masturbating on webcam to strangers'

Police have warned people not to leave themselves open to blackmail gangs by engaging in sexual activity online.

The PSNI in Craigavon said they had dealt recently with multiple incidents where men locally were being blackmailed.

And they have urged people not to fall for the ploys which can put them in such a position.

But, if the worst should happen, contact them immediately as the say paying these people will not make them go away.

The PSNI said the incidents which had been reported locally involved males “being tempted, coaxed and seduced into posing in revealing positions, even masturbating on web cam to strangers”.

Police took to social media to outline the ruse and what people should be aware of.

They explained: “The set up: “girls” send suggestive, dirty messages, building it until they ask you to video call them. During the conversation they’ve added you on Facebook or other social media and thus get your friends list.

“When you do video call them, you see a girl doing something suggestive or enticing and are encouraged to do the same. What you don’t realise is that they’re screen recording, and as you do whatever you’re doing, they are capturing everything they need.

“No sooner have you caught your breath than you’re sent a link to a private YouTube video which, to your horror, is you doing what you’ve just done. Now, remember that friends list? They now have links to the profiles and will send you that list too, with the threat of sharing the video with your friends if you don’t pay hundreds of £.

“If you find yourself in this position, remember these important points:

1) Paying them will not make them go away. It will make them ask for more. Never pay.
2) Call us IMMEDIATELY.
3) Capture screen shots of any conversations. This gives us best evidence.
4) You can’t bargain with them. You’re not talking to the person you think you are. They are organised gangs.

“Of course, prevention is better than cure. NEVER engage in any intimate online activity with anyone you don’t know. There are some nasty people out there who know how our simple man brains work. They will take advantage of that. They will exploit that.

“Normal strangers won’t strip on camera for free. If it seems to good to be true, it almost certainly is.”

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