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The gangs created social media accounts on which they posed as attractive Asian women and befriended victims.
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Victims came from all over the world, including a Scottish teenager who committed suicide after being blackmailed.
One local victim paid up to US,000 to keep compromising material private.
Recent research conducted at Swinburne University investigated the dating and relationship practices of older Australian adults aged between 60 and 92.
Those who had met their partners through dating websites went online because they felt there were very limited places and opportunities to meet like-minded others and because they no longer took part in the pub and club scene.
“Be alert when a pretty girl suddenly adds you on Facebook or on Skype,” said chief inspector Sean Lin.
The latest police figures show there were 766 ‘sextortion’ cases in the first nine months of this year.
“But the victim had no idea the so-called live video he was watching was a pre-recorded clip prepared by the gangs,” said Lin.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating