Members of organized online extortion rackets have been known to seduce women, men and children on social networks like Facebook.
Extortionists convince users to engage in video calls and do things that they wouldn't normally do, says Michael Roberts, founder and CEO of Rexxfield.com, an information technology security company. Roberts says he was a victim of internet harassment and defamation, which led him to start his business.
"They can crawl Facebook downloading as many pics as possible, run them through Tineye or a similar program, and look for results that come from dating/swinger sites," adds Shane MacDougall, principal partner at Tactical Intelligence, a technical strategy company. If married people show up on those sites, this makes them vulnerable for blackmail.
"It is an epidemic and I often have victims contact me asking for help," says the forensic analyst and litigation support consultant.