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‘Fake Sexploitation’ scams raise alarm

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The fake sexploitation scam depends on con artists bluffing internet users into believing they’ve been caught watching pornographic content. Photo / 123RF

Fake sexploitation scams involving murky overseas con artists targeting naive Kiwis are on the rise.

Netsafe said more people in recent days had reported the unwanted advances of scammers demanding ransoms after claiming to catch computer users watching porn.

And though it is possible to remotely record someone, experts say a jilted ex-partner rather than foreign scammer is more likely to do this.

Netsafe chief executive Martin Cocker said staff this week reported a surge in "fake sexploitation" scams. Photo / Sarah Ivey
Netsafe chief executive Martin Cocker said staff this week reported a surge in “fake sexploitation” scams. Photo / Sarah Ivey

“Fake sexploitation is the scam. There’s two reasons it’s an effective scam,” Netsafe chief executive Martin Cocker said. “One is, a lot of people look at porn.”

The other reason was…

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