Creating an account on dating sites and chatting with strangers has become a trend among youngsters and even adults. While these apps may be luring and seem like a good way to kill boredom and make new friends, they also pose some serious threats. Hackers are misusing the information and pictures shared on dating apps and to some extent even a few social media handles.
Online Blackmailing Cases – Victims of Fake IDs
With nothing much to do in the confinement of the homes and desperately seeking ways to get rid of the loneliness, many people chose to use dating apps. Since everyone is a stranger on these sites and you never know how genuine the person is, it is almost impossible to guess whether the person you have befriended is real or not.
While it may seem normal for the youth to exchange numbers and start friendships with strangers, you never know, you could be the next victim of fake ids and nude video call traps.
How The Hackers Lure You Into A Conversation?
It all starts with a normal conversation and ends with blackmailing calls of exposing calamitous pictures and videos if not given the demand amount of money.
Blackmailing Cases - Process Used by Hackers
- Step 1 – Sending Friend Requests : According to the information collected from the registered reports and statements of the police officials, usually, the hacker creates a fake id, disguising to be a girl or a boy depending on the gender they are targeting. Then they send friend requests on dating apps and social media handles.
- Step 2 – Starting Luring Conversations : Once you accept the request, hackers begin with normal conversation, and gradually move to sexual talks and exchange nude pictures. It is not just a case with the girls being blackmailed; even men are falling target of this scam.
- Step 3 – Fake Voice Calls : If you exchange phone numbers and begin a conversation over call, the hacker use voice disguising software to mimic the false voice of a boy or a girl. Usually, in the beginning, the hackers share some nude pictures and in return ask you to do the same.
- Step 4 – Blackmailing : Generally, people fall prey to these tricks and share nude pictures or pose nude on video calls. The hackers record the call and then threaten them to viral the video online if they do not give the demanded amount of money.
Be Aware, Do Not Fall Prey to Such Nude Video Call Traps
Since these types of cases are very private and the victim's names cannot be disclosed, the police officials consider not discussing such scams. However, it has become imperative to warn the youth as well as adults to not be lured into such conversations.
Real Life Rajasthan Blackmailing Case
On request, while talking to a senior police official regarding such threats, he said,
Stay Alert – Join Swachh Social Media Telegram Group
If you have been threatened with such blackmailing calls and are not comfortable reporting to the police, you can join the telegram group named "Swachh Social Media" and share your concerns over there. Immediate actions and complete anonymity is guaranteed.
Blackmailing Cases – Your Safety, Your Priority
The number of such cases has increased to a massive number in the past few months. Be careful and vigilant about who you talk to on social media and dating sites and what information/ photos/ videos you are sharing with them. Starting a new friendship or a relationship is good, and not all accounts on dating sites or social channels fall victim to such cases. However, your safety and privacy should be your priority.
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