WhatsApp fraud: Men, beware of this ‘sexting’ trap
With the rise in popularity of WhatsApp, more people are trying to misuse it for quick money. After fake news, a new scam has appeared on WhatsApp. It is a simple trick of stalking and blackmailing a victim for money. And in this case, men need to be cautious. In India, paid strip shows on chat forums and apps like Bigo is quite predominant. Now, fraudsters are slowing taking to WhatsApp to tap easy victims.
How does the scam work?
The scamster is a woman (or disguised as a woman) and she targets people who have active social life and is quite popular on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. After getting the victims phone number, the scamster would contact over WhatsApp and involve in personal friendly chats.
Soon, the conversation would shift to sexting where she will start sending provocative photos and even nudes. In most cases, these images are fake and mostly photoshopped. Soon, the scamster would request the male victim to share nude photos of him to continue the chat.
After the male victim shares the nude photos, the real scam starts. The scamster will try to blackmail and extort money by threatening to share the nudes of the victim with his friends, family and on social media if he doesn’t pay up. The worst part is even if the victim doesn’t share any photo of himself, the fraudster would try to blackmail by photoshopping his publicly available images (on social media) and create nude images of him.
The demand for money could as less as Rs 3,000. It is intentionally kept low, so that, the victim doesn’t approach the police and is more likely to pay. While in India, there are no cases yet to be registered, however, several men have fallen victim to this scam in other parts of the world, especially South Africa.
WhatsApp prompts users to block or add unknown senders and it is highly recommended to know the person before you start chatting.