While assisting one of the cyber cell in investigation of a Cyber-Extortion case, we came across a very typical cyber crime. An individual from Mumbai city receives a friend request from a very appealing and beautiful girl and he readily accepts it. Soon they start chatting on facebook messenger and their friendship grows into an intimate relationship, within no time. The girl asks individual to switch over to Skype from facebook messenger. They both soon start chatting on skype. On a particular day, in the night, while both are chatting on skype, the girl tells the guy that she was feeling differently and starts acting naughty. The girl starts stripping her clothes. Guy cant believe his luck. The girl strips to her bare minimum and asks the guy to do the same. Within no time, the guy repeats her act and removes all his clothes. The moment he strips down, the girl excuses herself for sometime to come back soon. The guy waits for her to come back. The girl after coming back, sends him text on skype telling him that whatever strip show he performed in front of web cam on skype has been recorded by her and she is soon going to send this web cam recorded video to all his friends on his facebook page. She tells him to send 5000$ to her account if he doesn’t want his strip show to be sent to his friends. The guy shows his reluctance to send the money. The girl sends him the youtube link, where she had uploaded his video of strip show. The guy watches the video and decides to lodge compliant with the police.
This kind of crime is called as Sextortion and is rampant all over the world since last few years. In most cases, these kind of sex extortion rings are located in few African countries including Nigeria whereas few such call centers running these kind of sex extortions are located in south-Asian countries such as Philippines.
In many cases, the strip show by the girl is a prerecorded strip show. There is group of extortionist involved in such kind of crimes, who create fake facebook profiles of girls and plant such videos in Skype conversation.