Basically, if you find yourself being blackmailed, you should go straight to your local police, who will "take your case seriously, will deal with it in confidence, and will not judge you for being in this situation." You should not pay the ransom, but if you've already paid, make a note of where it was collected from; if it hasn't been collected, cancel the payment.Don't communicate with the criminal; instead, take screenshots of any messages, suspend your Facebook account (don't delete it), and report it to You Tube if there's a video that needs blocking.The statistics from Australia's very own government cybercrime initiative are a lot lower.It recorded about 4,000 reports of 'scams or fraud' cybercrime in a three-month period at the end of last year.The impact of this scam can range from mild embarrassment and a sense of humiliation to extreme emotional harm with some victims around the world taking their own lives.In many cases, an individual is lured into taking part in an online video chat session after making a new friend on a social media website or after receiving a message via a dating app or Skype chat.
It said these attacks resulted in millions of dollars of ransom payments.
They are threatening to post the video to my Facebook contacts and youtube if I dont send them money. I would not recommend paying these people as it will not stop there and they will continually ask for more money. I performed a sex act - masturbation and apparently they have software to record it.
I have blocked them from my Facebook account but they may already have the contacts. I can appreciate how embarrassing this must be for you but my advise would be to contact the police immediately providing all the details you have. In order to provide further advice i would need more specific information. I am located in Belgium and they are in Abdijan Cote D' Ivoire. But if they have the list they could potentially contact them.
A substantial portion of the victims were boys 11-20 years old.
In response to this surge in reported cases, the NCA has issued new advice for victims of webcam blackmail: don't panic, don't pay, don't communicate, and preserve evidence.