Skype and other videoconferencing services scam, recommendations to follow

Do you think you have been the victim of the webcam scam and your identity (name and surname) is known to scammers?
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1) Do not give in to the blackmail: cut all contact with the scammers. Terrorising you is their best weapon to force you to pay the sums requested, do not reply to fake emails you receive, even if they seem to come from third parties (YouTube, Facebook, police, lawyers, bailiffs, Interpol, etc). By linking your personal information to terms such as paedophile and sex offender, they will try to make you think you are at fault when actually you are a victim. Do not pay attention to them, although this is difficult, and stress often takes precedence over reason.

2) Please do not pay the sums requested, although this does not avoid reprisals and broadcast of the webcam dialogue, it would encourage them to continue to threaten you and harass you. In most cases payment requests are made via Western Union money transfer. If you have already paid the money, unfortunately it is lost as scammers using fictitious identities for the transferral of funds, in collaboration with corrupt officials in the country of origin.

3) If possible, delete your mailbox and open a new one, they cannot harass you through this. If your mailbox is used for professional purposes or is difficult to change, keep it but stop responding to the messages.

4) To avoid them sending an excerpt from the video to your relatives, check that your Facebook account is secure (see how to secure your Facebook account). Adjust the privacy settings so no one can access your friends list. Notify your Facebook contacts that an attacker will likely make contact with them, claim identity theft and send them a virus via a link in order to warn them and deter them from clicking a link that they may receive by email. Report the scammer's profile to Facebook so it can be deleted.

5) The major risk lies in the fact that these attackers almost always broadcast the videos combined with the personal data they have collected about you (name, phone, address, employer's name, address, family members, etc). Defamatory text usually accompanies the videos, often with slanderous accusations of paedophilia with minors.

The video may be broadcast in the coming days or weekseven if you do not have any further contact with the scammers by email, Skype or telephone.

Once released, videos appear on video platforms such as YouTube (See how to delete a video on YouTube), on blogging platforms they create in your name and on adult sites. The danger is when the video broadcast appears in search engines when your name is entered and is visible to your family, business contacts and others entering your name or the name of your business on Google or another search engine.

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