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Scam cases this year

JANUARY

A 23-year-old man was extorted of $1,500 after he got to know a woman through a mobile messaging application.

They progressed to chatting online and the woman suggested they make a video of both them stripping. The victim agreed.

The woman threatened to circulate the video to the victim's friends and family if he did not remit money to her. He paid her and made a police report.

FEBRUARY

A 37-year-old man lost $6,700 after he befriended an unknown woman on Facebook and they started chatting. They then communicated on Skype.

In one video chat, the woman suddenly appeared naked and asked him to reveal his genitals to her. She then blackmailed him and threatened to post the video on YouTube and share it with his friends.

The man made several transfers through a remittance agency before informing the police.

APRIL

Another 37-year-old man was extorted of $7,300 after his female scammer appeared in the nude in a video chat and asked him to show her his genitals.

He was reluctant but eventually persuaded to do so by the woman.

Not long after the video call ended, he was showed the video of him revealing his genitals. He was asked to pay her for the video to be deleted.

JULY

An 18-year-old man was invited to chat via Skype and was cheated of $3,100. During the chat, both the victim and woman performed indecent acts.

The next day, he received a Facebook message from the woman with a link to a YouTube clip of him performing the indecent act.

She asked for a sum of money to be paid, failing which the video would be circulated to his family and friends. He complied.