Scammers seize every opportunity to extort money from unsuspecting victims. Using victims’ nude pictures to blackmail them happens to be one of them. In this our digital world, many people exchange nude pictures and videos in their thousands daily in expression of their love or whatever. When such pictures and videos get into wrong hands, blackmail might be inevitable.
Today, we shall be looking at various ways through which scammers obtain peoples’ nude pictures, purpose of using nude pictures for blackmail, how you can avoid being a victim and what you can do if you have already fallen a victim. But before we proceed, let’s look at the meaning of blackmail.
Blackmail, in it’s simple form, is the act of demanding for money from someone in order not to reveal damaging information about him. For blackmail to exist, the blackmailer must be in possession of sensitive and damaging information about the victim. In this context, nude picture is the information.
It should be noted that blackmail is a serious criminal offense just like every scam related crime. Haven said that, let’s look at the various means through which scammers obtain peoples’ nude pictures.
How scammers obtain nude pictures of victims.
#1. Hacked/unauthorized access to private media files.
When unauthorized persons have access to your private files like gallery, social network apps, memory card and hard drive, they might stumble upon saved nude pictures of you.
There are security cameras at various places, including private places such as hotel rooms, bathrooms and toilets (unfortunate). While such cameras are for security reasons, unscrupulous elements might gain access to it’s content either through hacking, buying content from corrupt officials or the officials themselves being the bad eggs.
Scammers can also install discrete cameras in hotel rooms without the knowledge of the management for the purpose of obtaining nude pictures of victims.
#3. Disguised as friends on social media
Scammers normally use pictures of celebrities to create fake social media accounts to lure people into their trap. As a guy, you are easily moved by the pictures of very beautiful lady. “She” might trick you into exchanging unclad pictures. Little do you realize that the beautiful Mexican woman you’re chatting with is actually a boy few poles from your house in Ogbomosho.
Girls normally trip for cute guys with six packs, long well shaved bears and pretty smiles. By the time they realize that that fine boy who posses with G-Wagon and speaks like the prince of England is actually a year one student of AAU whose only skill is Photoshop, it would have been too late.
#4. Gleaned/recovered from old phone.
Whether you gave out your old phone for free, or you sold it, even if you flashed it, scammers can still obtain those pictures you stored therein.
Purpose of collecting peoples’ nude pictures.
The sole purpose of collecting other peoples’ nude by scammers is to blackmail them. Blackmail comes in various forms. Extorting money is the chief of them, although sometimes they might be interested in other things such as information you posses etc.
How to prevent scammers from obtaining your nude pictures.
~ Do not store nude pictures anywhere.
~ never send unclad pictures to anybody, including your close acquaintances, not to talk of friends you met online, no matter how sweet their mouth may be.
~ before you undress in a hotel room or sleep with anyone aside from your spouse, turn off the light in the room, put on your phone’s camera and scan the room diligently. If there’s any hidden camera, you’ll see a tiny ray of red light. In that case you might consider change of apartment.
~ do not do funny things in public utilities.
~ use curtain for your home.
~ encrypt your phones and your storage devices before wiping off their content
~ always use strong password for your gadgets.
What if your nude is already in wrong hands
Your blackmailer knows that you dread ever seeing your nude in public places, so you are willing to pay any price to have your dignity protected. But I tell you, if you succumb to his demand and pay, you’ll continue to pay until there’s nothing left. So do the following:
1. Try to find out the identity of your blackmailer. It might be impossible, but where it is possible, you have already won the battle.
2. Report the matter to the authorities if you have the feelings that someone wants to use your nude against you. If you know his identity, it’s a won battle. But even if you don’t know his identity, still report to appropriate authority.
3. Alert the world that someone (by what you know about him) is trying to post your nude online.
Note: blocking him on your SM page is not the ideal. Raising alarm about his threats and tagging your mutual friends and anyone you know that has affiliation with him, might actually save him.
4. Alert your families and friends.
5. In case he makes real his treat and he evades justice, raise your heads up and move on.
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