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The victims are duped into engaging in lewd talk, exposing themselves before a webcam or performing a sexual act, which are secretly recorded and used to blackmail them, Philippine police said.
Wider Internet access, a relatively lower risk of arrest and big financial gains have caused such crimes to flourish in recent years in many countries.
The crackdown in the Philippines was partly sparked by information that a 17-year-old mechanic in Scotland, Daniel Perry, took his own life in July last year after being victimized by a Filipino extortion group.
The BBC has reported that he killed himself after being warned that his video conversations would be circulated to his friends and family if he didn't pay.
Department of Homeland Security Investigations Attache William Wallrapp, prepare to address the media Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Philippine National Police Headquarters at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines.
AP/Bullit Marquez MANILA, Philippines — About 100 more Filipino suspects are linked to online blackmail syndicates that extorted money from victims worldwide after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcams or engaging in lewd chats, a Philippine police official said Tuesday.
Most of the victims were from the Asia, Europe, and the US, including a 17-year-old Scottish boy who committed suicide after being targeted on Skype.
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As the Associated Press reports, Filipino police say the suspects targeted hundreds of people in online chat rooms, luring them into having cybersex and exposing themselves on webcams.
The alleged criminals would secretly record the encounters and then threaten to send the videos to the victims' friends and relatives unless they paid money.