Man threatens to leak nude video of M'sian, 30, after he strips for 'Filipina beauty'
He knows such scams are common.
After all, newspapers regularly report about beautiful women who coax men to strip naked on online chats, then blackmail them.
Yet, a 30-year-old Malaysian man who goes by the moniker John Tan still fell victim to a 'woman' who claimed to be from the Philippines - and stripped naked over Skype when 'she' told him to.
Now that supposed beauty has turned out to be an African man, who is demanding RM3,000 (S$1,155), The Star reported.
Otherwise, he'll leak Tan’s nude video online.
“I knew there were cases like this and I suspected the girl might be fake," the victim, a designer, said. "But when I saw how beautiful ‘she’ was ... I couldn’t resist.”
He stripped because she was feeling bored
Hiding his face behind large dark glasses at yesterday's (Nov 9) press conference, the victim claimed it was the first time he had stripped for another person on the Internet.
He first chatted with the so-called Sabrina Leung, who added him on her Facebook page, on Nov 6.
Their entire online escapade - from “friend request” to him being in the buff - took only 13 minutes.
“She said she worked at a hotel in Dubai and that she was coming to Malaysia to meet her relatives and I could see her then," he added.
“Then she asked me to go on Skype with her and get naked. She asked me to take off my clothes too. I did because she said she was feeling sad and bored.”
The next day, “Sabrina” messaged him with a YouTube link to a video of him naked and demanded RM3,000 to be banked into a Western Union account.
Victims of online scams: Some resort to committing suicide to escape the blackmail. File photo: TNP
MCA public services and complaints department chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong said checks showed that the bank account belonged to a Filipina while the YouTube channel hosting Tan’s nude video belonged to a man in French Guiana.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has pulled down the video.
Datuk Chong had called for the press conference.
He said the department received 15 such reports since last year.
Up to RM120,000 were extorted from victims, with some being driven to borrow from loan sharks and even contemplating suicide to escape the blackmail.
“Don’t be naive like this man,” Chong added. “If you have fallen for this, my advice is not to pay and come to me or lodge a police report.”
Source: The Star