UAE: How praises from strangers online may lead to blackmail

Web Report/Abu Dhabi
Filed on February 15, 2021
Illustrative image: Alamy.com/ae

Police launch awareness campaign, warning about scammers lurking online.

The Abu Dhabi Police have launched a 'Be Careful' campaign to create awareness about online blackmailing. The authorities have urged parents to be on their toes and keep a tab on their children’s online activities.

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Scammers might pose as women to gain victims’ trust, and then use their personal photographs in a bid to blackmail them to extract money, the police have warned.

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The police posted a video on Twitter about the perils of online blackmailing.

In the video, a woman, who plays a victim, can be seen talking to a stranger. The stranger compliments her and asks the victim to share a few photographs of hers.

Soon, she falls prey to the stranger’s easy charm and starts receiving blackmail threats from him.

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