Investigators said the gangs targeted individuals through Facebook, dating sites and even professional networking site Linked In.
In most cases they appear to single out potential victims based on their ‘ability to pay’ and because ‘they have something to lose’.
The National Crime Agency has released a special video (pictured) to warn people of the dangers of becoming entrapped by online temptresses, working on behalf of gangs Investigators said the blackmail was a ‘deceptively simple crime’, which involved criminals using fake identities to befriend victims online.
They then engage them in online conversations via video messaging software, which quickly turn sexual.
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This is then recorded and the men are blackmailed Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) warned that Britain is being targeted by gangs in Morocco, the Philippines and the Ivory Coast.
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