When he clicked on the link, it was clear the video feed of him had been recorded.The scammers threatened to publish the compromising video if the man didn't send payment via a money-transfer website.Ryk Edelstein, CEO at Montreal-based Cicada Security Technology, agreed."If you're doing something that could be potentially compromising with somebody at the other end who you don't know, just expect that this may be recorded," Edelstein said.Police and intelligence officers were able to dismantle the ring by monitoring social media sites and tracing cash flows, and they hope their investigation will deter other crime groups — especially in the Philippines, which holds the ignominious title of sextortion capital of the world.
They believe that Mitchell recorded the trysts, and lured her into several cybersex encounters.
As the Associated Press reports, Filipino police say the suspects targeted hundreds of people in online chat rooms, luring them into having cybersex and exposing themselves on webcams.
The alleged criminals would secretly record the encounters and then threaten to send the videos to the victims' friends and relatives unless they paid money.
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.
Mitchell, 40, of Elyria, OH, is the subject of a 14-count indictment for endangering the welfare of a child.