In one version, the scam originates from a dating website or social network site like Facebook.

The scammer may pretend to be an attractive, potential partner and strike up an online relationship with you.

This information is general information only and is intended for use by private individuals and small to medium sized businesses.

They steadily increase pressure on you to participate, which they record and later threaten to distribute online.

Other reports include the scammer manipulating the images taken, to make them seem worse.

What you may believe to be a highly intimate and private moment may in fact be watched by a room full of strangers.

Some victims have been extremely distressed following this realisation, with tragic consequences.

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During the video call the scammer may attempt to lead you into participating in intimate, sexual activity or nudity, which can later be used to blackmail you.

Scammers may use carefully prepared webcam images or footage of themselves which may initially seem flattering, but can increasingly become coercive and explicit.

The Commonwealth, Enex Test Lab, and all other persons associated with this advisory accept no liability for any damage, loss or expense incurred as a result of the provision of this information, whether by way of negligence or otherwise.