Trend for 'sexy selfies' is fuelling a 60 per cent surge in blackmail, warns Scotland Yard chief

Mail Online | 3/23/2019 | Rebecca Camber for the Daily Mail
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The trend for sharing explicit selfies is fuelling a surge in blackmail, with cases up almost 60 per cent in London in a year.

The head of Scotland Yard’s cyber and economic crime command blamed the increase on the ‘sexploitation phenomenon’.

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Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Gallagher said the rise of online dating and the swapping of intimate photographs online had led to scores of people being extorted for cash.

He spoke out after Scotland Yard figures revealed a spike in offences from 1,700 blackmails reported in 2017 to 2,677 in 2018 – a rise of 57 per cent.

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The senior officer revealed intimate photographs and webcam videos texted or shared on social media made up the bulk of blackmail material.

He said several types of blackmail were prevalent, adding: ‘One of them is sexploitation, where invariably young men and women are online and asked to FaceTime the suspect who encourages...
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