Sharjah Police have reached out to young people, especially university students, on how to avoid becoming a victim of extortion after a wave of blackmail cases were recently reported to authorities.
Captain Mohsen Ahmad, director of the electronic scams department at the Sharjah Police, explained that in cases of blackmail, the conmen initially strike a friendship with their victim through social networking sites.
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Colonel Ebrahim Mussabah Al Ajel, Director of the Criminal Investigation Department at Sharjah Police, said: "We handle cases of blackmail with complete confidentiality, and urge anyone who was extorted for money to contact the police.
THE PSNI is investigating 100 webcam blackmail attempts and say cyberstalking is increasing in Northern Ireland.
PSNI cyber crime officers are dealing with new webcam blackmail cases "every week".
A spokesman for Get Safe Online said there is no guarantee once the blackmail demand is met there will not be further demands, or that the criminal will not post the video anyway.
Sarah Wright, (33), of Baker Street, Chasetown, Cannock, was sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court after she pleaded guilty to blackmail and demanding pounds 5,000 with menaces at an earlier hearing.
At the original court hearing at Stafford Crown Court, Graham Henson, prosecuting, said the allegations of sexual abuse were properly investigated by the police and the blackmail victim was not facing any charges.
In each instance where B blackmails V concerning his norm violation, there is one less case of public norm enforcement.
Blackmail Ambiguously Affects the Expected Cost of Norm Violations
First, the prohibition on blackmail illustrates a more universal type of norm governance.
The power of social media has allowed people to blackmail others with more ease than ever before, a trend that has now become increasingly common among female groups, rather than mostly among males.
Turki Al-Shulail, the spokesman for the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia), said the majority of blackmail incidents used to be committed against women.
Al-Shulail revealed to a local newspaper that the number of blackmail cases received by the Haia commission during the previous six months stood at 1,188 reports.