They then use a pre-recorded video of a girl downloaded from a pornographic website to trick the user into thinking they’re talking with someone in real time.The scammers go to every length to make the chat session appear legitimate.
As Omar says the entire scam takes about one hour and consists of three 20-minute segments: chatting, filming the video, and threatening the user.
To get a victim to pay, the scammer explains it’s all about knowing where they’re coming from and abusing that information: “The weak point of Arabs is sex.
He also thinks the video would likely go to his loved ones’ junk mail and that they wouldn’t click on a link from a suspicious sender anyway. One week later, the man reaches out to Samir and says he’s about to upload the video onto You Tube. The video goes up, and Samir gets to work: “I keep reporting the video.
Each time I’m watching the number of views to see if anyone else has viewed it. “From what I can tell, all the views were mine, except for one.
I have a list of your friends and family from Facebook – your mum, your sister, your cousins.
You have one week to send me 5,000 euros (£4,450), or I’ll send them the video.” Samir doesn’t have that kind of money, and even then, he’s not sure paying the ransom would stop the attacker from demanding more money in the future.
The only issues I’ve observed involved a Mac Book Air not detecting its own camera, a system-level failure for which the app deserves no blame.
Facebook Messenger, like Face Time, only permits person-to-person video calls but does so on more devices.
For instance, users should never post too much information about themselves on Twitter or Facebook, as fraudsters could abuse that information to steal their identity.
They should also be careful about whom they connect with on social media.
Each perpetrator relies on different tools and techniques to victimize unsuspecting users. Some instances are entirely malware-based, whereas others exploit users’ sensibilities with the help of social engineering techniques.