When nudity pays… for ‘sextortion’ scammers online

Khen-Han-Ming-fb-surf-1PETALING JAYA: A security expert has advised Facebook users not to let their libidos get the better of them.

JK Associates principal consultant Khen Han Ming revealed that a week ago, another user fell victim to a “sextortion” scam by someone who claimed to be a girl from Korea.

“After chatting for a few weeks, they asked to exchange nude photos,” he told FMT.

“The guy sent his nude photo with his face the next morning which is when they demanded RM3,000 or they’d upload his photo on YouTube.”

YouTube’s policy on nudity and sexual content states that a video that contains nudity or other sexual content may be allowed only if the primary purpose is educational, documentary, scientific, artistic and it isn’t gratuitously graphic.

Khen said these scammers would usually look for victims over Facebook and text them over Messenger.

“They’ll entice them to play along and ask them for nude pictures. One of the things we need to be mindful of here is that they’ll also stalk our friends’ list and add people from our friends’ list.”

He said this was why it was important to check with “mutual friends” before adding new people on Facebook.

“Don’t add people you don’t know or look suspicious. A telltale sign is that the account is usually new.

“Also, always be suspicious of strangers being too friendly with you, especially when they start getting intimate.”

He said it would be a mistake for anyone who had fallen victim, including women, to give the scammers any money.

“The scammers will milk you dry. First, they’ll tell you a specified amount and once you pay them, then they’ll start asking for more. All this without you ever knowing for sure if they really recorded you or not. It’s a psychological game.”

He said “most of the time” the scammers only gave empty threats and never really acted against them.

“But if it turns out they’re telling the truth, then the most they can do is to send out the nude pictures to your friends’ list.

“The best one can do is to shut down the account and block the scammer.”

According to Khen, the man who got caught by the supposed Korean girl “with his pants down” had already paid the scammers RM500.