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Eventually, they may ask you to join a Skype (video) call with them.
During the video call the scammer may attempt to lead you into participating in intimate, sexual activity or nudity, which can later be used to blackmail you.
Users of video services, such as Skype, should be aware of a variety of scams that may use footage and images captured without your knowledge, to blackmail you.
In one version, the scam originates from a dating website or social network site like Facebook.
Scammers may use carefully prepared webcam images or footage of themselves which may initially seem flattering, but can increasingly become coercive and explicit.
They steadily increase pressure on you to participate, which they record and later threaten to distribute online.
What you may believe to be a highly intimate and private moment may in fact be watched by a room full of strangers.
S., Europe and elsewhere pay facilitators in the Philippines to sexually abuse children, even babies, directing their moves through online livestreaming services.
This relatively new crime, webcam sex tourism, is spreading rapidly.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation cites the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines as saying the new act actually broadens the scope the country's libel law, which it describes as "so antiquated and draconian that the United Nations Human Rights Council itself declared it excessive and called on the Philippine government to review the law with the end of decriminalizing libel." Wired UK reports that the cybersex portion of the act is an effort to put a stop to sex trafficking and forced prostitution.
However, the law doesn't make a distinction between consensual and non-consensual acts, which means consenting adults could also find themselves breaking this law.
This malware is known as a Remote Access Trojan or RAT and can remotely activate your webcam, at the same time, disabling your camera indicator light. The information provided here is of a general nature. If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider.