The man, known as James, said he was chatting to a woman online when she demanded money and threatened to release a video of him, which he was unaware she had filmed, if he did not pay."I'd been at a work function and I'd been drinking and I suppose the conversation got provocative and I was coaxed on webcam to be in a compromising position," he told 774 ABC Melbourne."It then turned into a fairly sophisticated blackmail attempt."The woman demanded James transfer 0 into a Western Union account, or the footage would be exposed to his friends and workmates."Things were said like, 'You don't understand, you're going to wish you were dead once I do this'," he said.James said he was shown images of personal information from his social media accounts to prove his details were known."It was a comprehensive list of all my Facebook friends, a picture of the website of my employer, including email addresses of my colleagues, my Linked In page, photos of my friends, my personal website," he said.
However, when James tried to seek help from Victoria Police, he said he was told to file an online report with the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN)."I said [to police], 'This seems quite a lot more urgent than that'," he said."There's a person yelling at me, threatening, saying 'If you don't respond to me and tell me you're doing what I'm doing, things are going to get sticky for you'."James said he tried to block the blackmailer and deactivate his social media accounts, however the video was sent to several people.In a similar case, Melbourne man, John, said a woman he met online also filmed him without his knowledge and demanded 0 to not release it.We were the first dating site to offer instant messaging/web cam chat and now we're changing the industry again by introducing a personal complement to online dating - personal matchmaking.Start working with your personal matchmaker today and you'll see how easy it has become to find a serious relationship online.Get informed about the current weather situation in your hometown or your next holiday destination at on a daily basis.
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