Most of us all have a Facebook page. With that, we have friends and personal information on our account that everyone can see. All those who have a Facebook account need to read this article and be aware of the Facebook blackmail scam. This is a scam that a lot of us could easily fall victim to. A fraud that operates like a gang and originates in the Philippines.
How the Facebook Blackmail Scam Works
The way it starts is that you will receive a message to your Facebook account, pretending to be a love interest from a sexy girl profile. After communications begin, the text chat will be moved to Skype for video chat.
She will perform sex acts, appear nude and all the while chatting with you and encouraging you to do the same. There will be a screen recording running on their end, which records all of your nude performance.
For a few minutes of temptation, lust, fun, or whatever you were feeling your troubles have just begun. Once they have what they want, they will end the video chat and create a fake Facebook profile with your photos and request to all your Facebook friends as well. You will then receive a blackmail phone call or Skype call demanding for you to deposit money into their bank account or via Western Union Money Transfer.
If you fail to send money, they will threaten to upload the naked video of you in the fake Facebook profile and send them to all your Facebook friends. At this point, you have two choices, give in to the fear of exploitation, humiliation, and shame and pay them, or stand up and proceed with Facebook reporting options to delete the fake Facebook account. Please read below to learn the top tips to fight back online scammers trying to blackmail you.
Our Top Tips to Avoid This Type of Scam
- DO NOT PAY. Those who pay report that the scammers come back again with demands for even more money as they still have the nude pictures.
- Make a note of the scammer’s details, skype name. Facebook URL, photos, and details of where and how they want you to send the money.
- Report their profiles to Facebook and any other sites they are using to contact you.
- Remove the video if it is uploaded to a sharing website. Flag the video as inappropriate – select sexual content as the reason. Once the video has been reported, it is usually deleted in minutes. Reports show that the scammers cannot risk keeping the evidence of the video once it has been deleted. Often, it does not show up again, so they move on to the next victim.
- To ensure you can act immediately If the video does reappear, do a Google search of your name. Scammers will include your name in the video title. You do this by putting into “quotation marks.” The ‘’ “ will bring you only hits on your name. If it reappears, report it so it can be removed.
- Next, you need to block the scammer. If you have them on your Skype list, right click on their name and click “block this person.” If you have them on Facebook, delete and block them and report to Facebook.
- At this point, it is recommended that you deactivate your account for two weeks. This will make the scammer think you have deleted your account. To do this, select Account Settings, click on Security, then click on Deactivate your account. It will not delete your account, but it will appear as deleted. After a few weeks, you can reactivate it, and nothing will be lost.
- Make sure your scammer is not on your friend’s list! You should also change your username and profile photo. The username will change the URL of your page. Do not add anyone you don’t know to your friend’s list. Make sure you block the scammer on your phone and email. To go one step further, you could create a new email list and send to those you want to keep in contact with.
These are all extra steps we advise to keep you safe. If there are so many traps and dangers we face every day as internet users. To better protect yourself, think before you act. Avoid chatting with strangers on Facebook. Be cautious when you receive a request from new friends you have never met.
If you do talk with a stranger, try to end before the conversation moves to something private if you continue the chat in private, that allows the scammer to do more of a social engineering style of attack. Remember, the last attack takes place if and when you agree to Skype.
If you suspect you may be a victim of a Facebook blackmail scam, please contact Social Catfish to assist you in identifying the scammer. Social Catfish is fully equipped to investigate your scammer with state of the art technology and experienced staff of catfish experts.