Creating fake profiles using false names with fake pictures of a beautiful woman or a handsome man is a tactic to be more successful. Here’s how scammers trap their victims. A network of Ivorian scammers was behind the scam.
All that glitters is not gold. A named Deborah Duchamp on the social network Facebook melted the heart of men. On her profile picture, you can see a young woman in all respects. She has policemen, teachers and other civil servants in her list of friends.
Conversations over Skype
Despite being a scammer, her latest victim is a police officer of thirty years living in a suburb of the capital. “I received a friend request on Facebook and I accepted, thinking that I was dealing with a charming young lady,” said the policeman. But the man were disillusioned and realized that he has been scammed. “Deborah invited me on Skype for a session of chat. After a moment, she was naked and asked to do the same. I was surprised but I executed her command,” said the victim.
The trap closes. Within minutes, the police officer receives a message telling him to pay 35,000 euros via Western Union, otherwise the video of the naked man would be posted on Facebook and on the website of the Mauritian police Force.
“I had the shock of my life, but I did not give in to the blackmail,” suggests the policeman. He has not complained to the police but has done a research to expose the scam. “I’m not the only one to have been scammed. Among the victims, there are other officers,” says the victim. The victims of this scam rarely complain and prefer to hush up the case, but the fact is that scamming is a punishable offense.