About sharing One night a young Palestinian man living abroad fell victim to an online scam, involving a web camera and a beautiful woman. Here Samir not his real name tells the story of how he was trapped - and below the BBC's Reda el Mawy visits the Moroccan boomtown where many of the scammers are based. This girl added me on Facebook. I didn't think it was anything strange - I often get friend requests from old school friends who I don't know well. The next day she sends me a message: "Hi, how are you? I saw your profile and I liked you.
He points the finger at the state-owned company that mines phosphate in the surrounding countryside but employs very few local people.
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cht And what if my mum sees this? And even if they check it, I figure, who is going to open a video file from an unknown person?
She says she's afraid her sister will hear her. You're lucky I can see from your Facebook you're not married, or I would be asking for a lot more money. ehllo
Then it occurs to me that if he chay the video to my contacts - people he isn't friends with - it will go to a junk inbox that no-one checks. I ask her about her hobbies and she says she likes sex. My first thought was to send him the money immediately.
Nationally, unemployment is at 8. From what I can tell, all the views were mine, except for one.
He points the finger at the state-owned company that mines phosphate in the surrounding countryside but employs very few local people. So I show her my penis.
I saw your profile and I liked you. I report it, close thereload the link, and report it again. After the video was taken down I didn't hear from the guy again. That could have been him viewing it after he ed it, or one of my relatives. But with the economic crash ofremittances dropped - and this was exactly the moment that Facebook and webcams were becoming everyday tools of communication.
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If I send him money, what is to stop him from coming back and demanding more? Heolo El-Kennan, a labour activist, does not blame the town's young men for making money from extortion. Otherwise, I'm sending the video to your family. ShameOnline This is one of a series of stories looking at a new and disturbing phenomenon - erltic use of private or sexually explicit images to threaten, blackmail and shame young people, mainly girls and women, in some of the world's most conservative societies.
The other weakness is when they are married, for example.
Too good to be true. They are so familiar with this video that they are able to chat-message their victims at exactly the points where the girl appears to be typing on the keyboard. She says she's 23, her parents are dead, and she lives with her older sister in Sidon, Lebanon. Before the advent of social media, Oued Zem was largely reliant on remittances from people working in Europe.
Then she asks me to show her my penis.
When we've got the recording we it to YouTube and send it to him in a private message. So I have two choices: I send him the money and I have no guarantee he doesn't ask for more, or I refuse and hope no-one looks at the video. The Oued Zem scammers trawl Facebook for victims, and as soon as a man answers a video call - either on Skype or, increasingly, within Facebook itself - they activate software that shows the victim a pre-recorded video of a girl downloaded from a porn webcam site.
In the UK, Wayne May runs an online community, Scam Survivors, that offers advice and support to victims of the webcam masturbation racket.
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Since he has received more than 14, requests for help from victims all over the world, including the UK and the US. With a girl like this, you lose your head. But with the economic crash ofremittances dropped - chah this was exactly the moment that Facebook and webcams were becoming everyday tools of communication.
After a few minutes she pretends to have an orgasm. It's me masturbating, on YouTube. Of course I do.
It was so easy. That could have been him viewing it after he ed it, or one of my relatives. She says she's bored because she doesn't study or work and that her sister is very strict. You see someone who looks like a sheikh, carrying the Koran, and you think, 'There's no way he'll fall for this - but let's try him anyway. eroitc