Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Tricking young women to pose nude

Scammers are tricking young women into sending them nude pictures of themselves with the scammers posing as professional photographers from modelling agencies. The scammers create fake Facebook accounts, trick young female Facebook users into becoming their friends. Once the scammers have enough friends, they will then claim they are looking for attractive young female models for their photo shoots. They will then convince the young females into sending them nude photos of themselves, but once the photos are sent, the scammers will use them to blackmail the young females. The scammers will continue to ask their victims to send him more nude photos of themselves, by threatening to show the nude photos they have already sent, to their Facebook friends, or post them on the internet for everyone to see.

It is very stupid on the part of female teens to send nude photos of themselves via emails, social media websites, or other electronic means over the internet, because once those photos are sent, they can reach millions of people worldwide in a matter of seconds and can be difficult to remove from the internet, especially if they fall into the wrong hands. Photos posted online can be copied or reproduced, and can continuously be reposted online, which makes it very difficult or virtually impossible to completely remove them, even with help from the big internet companies or tech giants. However, victims of such a scam should still report it to the police or their local authorities for assistance. That way it may be possible to track down the scammers. If the scammers are caught, then the police can forward the complaints to the prosecutors. \\

A 13-year-old Texas girl (Lacie) began speaking out after a man from Florida tricked her into sending him naked photos. Police say 34-year-old Melvin Bridgers befriended hundreds of girls on Facebook before asking them to take nude pictures and send them to him. Lacie was one of them. Lacie says the creep pretended to be another teen girl, named Brianna Benson. He would send casual messages asking about her day to establish friendship. But things went further when Bridgers asked for naked photos of Lacie's 7-year-old sister. That was when Lacie became suspicious.

"This man was pretty tricky, he would say, delete all the messages so that no one would see," says David Nettles, a detective with Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children. Bridgers was located by the Sheriff’s Department in Grifton, North Carolina in 2014 and arrested and sent back to Palm Beach Florida where he was charged with Video Voyeurism I don’t know what happened to him after that.

During 2015, a teenager living in the town of Willenhall in England,  tricked children into posing naked online.  He was arrested and faced a lengthy jail term after tricking young girls into posing naked over the internet in exchange for fake modelling contracts and gifts.

A 27-year-old Glendale California man, Karen "Gary" Kazaryan was arrested for hacking into hundreds women's Facebook and Skype accounts, posing as a woman and luring their friends to send him naked photos of themselves. There are more than 350 victims in that particular case. He often posed as a woman. Eventually he was charged with extortion.  One of the women described the entire thing as like rape" Investigators found about 3,000 pictures of nude or semi-nude women on Kazaryan's computer. The U.S. Attorney's office said that if the women did not take off their clothes for him on Skype, he hacked into their Facebook accounts and posted nude pictures that he already had in his possession. The "sextortion" case, as federal investigators have dubbed it, dates back to 2009. He was arrested on federal computer hacking charges which included, computer intrusion, extortion and aggravated identity theft and could have faced up to 105 years in prison if convicted on all 30 accounts. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

In March of 2017, a 15-year-old girl living in Huston, tried to kill herself by taking prescription drugs after a photo of her bare chest was posted on an anonymous derogatory twitter account that went by the name of @HISDHoustonHoes, which  targeted female students at schools in the Houston Independent Schools District and refers to women as 'hoes', and features disturbing pictures of used sanitary napkins and posts call-outs for explicit sexual images.  The 15-year-old had foolishly forward her nude picture to her then, boyfriend. As the humiliated teenager recovered in hospital, her mother called on authorities to hunt down the cyber bullies and shut down the account. The account was shut down but I don’t know if the cyber bullies were caught. I presume the boyfriend is now out of her life.

On October 10, 2012, Amanda Michelle Todd  a 15-year-old Canadian girl, committed suicide at her home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. Prior to her death, Todd had posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell her experience of being blackmailed into exposing her breasts via webcam, and of being bullied and physically assaulted. The video went viral after her death, resulting in international media attention. The video has had more than 12 million views as of February 2017. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and British Columbia Coroners Service launched investigations into the suicide.

In April 2014, it was reported that Dutch authorities charged a 35-year-old man with dual Dutch and Turkish citizenship (identified as Aydin Coban with indecent assault and child pornography That same month, the RCMP announced that the man had been charged with extortion, internet luring, criminal harassment and the possession and distribution of child pornography for his alleged activities against Todd and other child victims, both male and female

Aydin Coban's case went to trial in February 2017, and concluded on March 16, 2017. He faced 72 charges of sexual assault and extortion in the Netherlands involving 39 alleged victims (34 young women and 5 men) in countries as various as Britain, Canada, Norway and the United States, and some of whom had been harassed for years. He was convicted and sentenced on the Dutch charges of internet fraud and blackmail  He also faced five separate Canadian charges related to Todd (herself not one of the 39), and it is anticipated that he will be extradited to Canada no sooner than the middle of 2018 whilst serving his Dutch sentence of 10 years and 8 months. Carol Todd (Amanda’s mother) expressed relief at the sentence.

In response to the girl’s death, Christy Clark, the Premier of British Columbia, made an online statement of condolence and suggested a national discussion on criminalizing cyberbullying.  Also, a motion was introduced in the Canadian House of Commons to propose a study of the scope of bullying in Canada, and for more funding and support for anti-bullying organizations. Todd's mother Carol established the Amanda Todd Trust, receiving donations to support anti-bullying awareness education and programs for young people with mental health problems.

Scumbags who do the things to victims like the ones I mentioned in this article should be severely punished with a minimum of ten years in prison. 

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