As they use pre-recorded video streams, the victim thinks they are contacting a real person via webcamand is tempted by a naughty virtual game between adults.During the video conference, the scammers record the webcam stream of the victim so they have a private video of them.

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On dating sites or social networks, false businesses or personal profiles are created to make you believe it is a valid profile, located near you...

Hundreds of scammers, mostly from foreign countries, lurk behind these fake profiles .

Other personal information about you distributed by others is also available via various online services (yellow pages, white pages, reverse directory, etc).

All the information gathered will be used by the scammers to scare you and escalate their blackmail attempts.

The Webcam Social Shopper is one example of software that utilizes the webcam in this manner.

Webcam can be added to instant messaging, text chat services such as AOL Instant Messenger, and Vo IP services such as Skype, one-to-one live video communication over the Internet has now reached millions of mainstream PC users worldwide.Webcams have been used for augmented reality experiences online.One such function has the webcam act as a "magic mirror" to allow an online shopper to view a virtual item on themselves.Once in possession of a private video that exposes the victim in an intimate way (nudity, masturbation, etc) and specific personal information, the scammer then has plenty of time to set up the blackmail and request the payment of money in exchange for not spreading the video to your contacts or online.Do not give in to emotional blackmail which wants you to believe that the money paid will be used to treat a sick sister, to buy a plane ticket, to meet you, etc.They have also become a source of security and privacy issues, as some built-in webcams can be remotely activated by spyware.