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Dubai Police received 7 blackmail complaints.

Dubai: Dubai Police received seven blackmail complaints from victims lured by men posing as Western women via social media to record themselves in indecent positions.

Brigadier Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation (CID) at Dubai Police, said this type of crime has become a recent trend.

He said all the documented cases started when the victim received a message from a man pretending to be an attractive woman asking to befriend them.

The blackmailer then asks the victim to contact him on Skype or Facebook and fixes the camera on previously recorded footage from another screen of a Western woman taking her clothes off.

The victim is convinced he is talking to a woman who is interested in him so he takes off his clothes and videos himself in indecent positions.

The blackmailer then demands the victim wire him money saying he will post the video on the victim's Facebook page if he fails to do so.

Brigadier Al Mansouri said one man paid Dh2,000 to avoid having the footage spread online.

However, after a few months the blackmailer called asking for more money which led the victim to tell the police.

Brigadier Al Mansouri said the department has a specialist online team that is working round the clock to block sites that post videos meant to ruin the victim's reputation.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Aug 27, 2013
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