Since cases of “sextortion” have increased seven-fold Hong Kong alone this year, police are warning young men to be cautious when talking up young women on social media sites, as many have reportedly been blackmailed after steamy chat sessions were recorded.
According to a recent SCMP report, men in their 20s and 30s with white-collar jobs who can communicate in English are vulnerable and make up 60 percent of the victims being “sextorted”.
“Once it’s done, the victims soon receive a link to a video of them without clothes or performing indecent acts,” Chief Inspector Louis Kwan Chung-yin said in the report.
From January to August, a total of 248 cases were reported, seven times the amount from the same period last year. The victims, including 245 men aged 14 to 58, as well as four women aged 28 to 53, reported losses totaling around 160,000 HKD.
The suspects involved are believed to be young women based in two or three Southeast Asian countries.
According to the report, only three in 10 victims actually paid up, but all were asked to transfer money to accounts in Southeast Asian countries.
In addition to seeking co-operation from Interpol, collaboration with overseas law-enforcement agencies was also “in the making”, Kwan said, without giving details.