Sex­tor­tion claims 4 lives

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FOUR men killed them­selves in the last year af­ter be­ing black­mailed as part of an in­creas­ing cy­ber “sex­tor­tion” racket.

In­ter­na­tional gangs of or­gan­ised crim­i­nals tar­get young men by lur­ing them into po­ten­tially com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tions, the Na­tional Crime Agency said.

The num­ber of peo­ple re­port­ing fi­nan­cially-mo­ti­vated cy­ber en­abled black­mails more than dou­bled from 385 in 2015 to 864, up to Novem­ber 2016.

Sex­tor­tion is where crim­i­nals use fake iden­ti­ties to be­friend vic­tims on­line and per­suade them to per­form sex­ual acts in front of their we­b­cam, which is recorded.

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