However, at least four victims have killed themselves after webcam blackmailers tricked them into performing online sex acts.
Police said: "We just see the tip of the iceberg." The "sextortionists", often based thousands of miles away in Africa or Asia, use stolen pictures and fake profiles to con people into thinking they are having genuinely intimate one-on-one video calls.
" Minutes later, the victim typed his suicide note which read: "I was getting blackmailed by someone for £800 so they sent a video around of me and ruined my life. but this is the only way out." In the morning, he was found dead.
The Daily Mirror went to Africa to find how this teenager and another Briton were driven to take their own lives by criminals in the Ivory Coast and found police there struggling to cope with the rackets operating via a network of scammers, internet cafes and Western Union cash transfers.
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