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Video : eTV’s Adaure Achumba investigates “Cyber Blackmail”

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Cyber Blackmail is on the rise in West Africa. From the innocent bystanders who are watched due to computer viruses to people who believe they are chatting with a potential boyfriend/girlfriend and send “sexy” photographs/participate in sexy webcam sessions, even people in committed relationships who decide to seek out new partners online on Facebook, Chat Rooms, Dating Sites and even Twitter have been blackmailed – everyone should be alert!

A disturbing new form of cyber crime is emerging in Nigeria. Criminals target individuals in adult chat-rooms and, after persuading them to send through pornographic material, use the material to blackmail those who sent it. This new crime is rapidly escalating, but victims say they are too embarrassed to come forward and report the crimes.