Online scammers are targeting the UK in a sextortion racket
The young scammers learn English by watching YouTube videos and then target victims in the UK.
They trick unsuspecting men into performing sex acts which are surreptitiously recorded.
They then blackmail their victims by threatening to circulate the tapes among friends and family on Facebook.
Scammers set up fake Facebook accounts using real models
Lives have been destroyed as a result of the booming webcam racket.
Among the victims of sextortion blackmailers was 17-year-old Daniel Perry.
He killed himself an hour after he received a message reading “I will make you suffer. Pay up or you’d be better off dead”.
The apprentice mechanic of Dunfermline, jumped to his death from the Forth Road Bridge in 2013.
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British men are targeted by Moroccan cybergangs because they pay more
Ronan Hughes, 17, from Clonoe, Co Tyrone, killed himself in June 2015 after he was duped into posting explicit images online.
He was blackmailed for £3,000 with the criminals threatening to upload the images to Facebook.
Figures from the National Crime Agency show the number of Brits targeted has trebled in a year.
According to a report in The Sun newspaper, a high number of cybercrime gangs have sprung up in the Moroccan town of Oued Zem.
UK authorities said the number of Brits targeted has trebled in a year
If they can speak English they will earn more money
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It said the town has an incredible 3,000 blackmailers in a population of 90,000 and almost all 360 arrests in the country last year for such crimes were made there.
One convicted blackmailer told the Sun the criminals were targeting the UK “because British men pay more”.
He said: “At school, pupils are paying more attention in English and after lessons go home and watch YouTube videos. If they can speak English they will earn more money.”
Another, Hamza Danjer, 19, told the Sun his gang created fake Facebook accounts under different names but using the same pictures of Colombian porn star Dayana Perez Sosa, without her knowledge.
They then contacted men across the globe before suggesting a Skype session.
Hamza said: “We had a video of the porn star taking part in a real webcam session.
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“We used a computer programme which meant the victim would see that video and not us.
“The man was completely hooked and thought he was talking to a real woman.
“After a while the woman would tell the man she was feeling aroused. Just about every man fell for it.”
He said around four in ten men paid around £800 to have the clip destroyed.
The National Crime Agency said there were 1,245 reports to cops last year compared to 385 in 2015.
But experts reckon the true figure is 10 times that, with many duped men too ashamed to come forward.
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