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Four men killed themselves in a year after being exposed by the so-called "sextortion" rackets, officers said.
Sextortion is a form of blackmail where criminals use fake identities to befriend victims online - using websites such as Facebook, Skype or Linkedin - before persuading them to perform sexual acts in front of their webcam.
Don't communicate further with the criminals: Take screen shots of all your communication.
Suspend your Facebook account (but don’t delete it) and use the online reporting process to report the matter to Skype, You Tube etc.
Also, keep an eye on all the accounts which you might have linked in case the criminals try to contact you via one of those.
to have any video blocked and to set up an alert in case the video resurfaces.
Deactivating the Facebook account temporarily rather than shutting it down will mean the data are preserved and will help police to collect evidence.
The gangs, based in Morocco, the Philippines and the Ivory Coast, use "honey trap" actors to lure their victims in and record the images before threatening to share them with the victims' friends and family unless they accede to their demands for payment.
Most appear to single out victims based on their "ability to pay" and because "they have something to lose" and ransom demands range from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds.