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The victim is told that the video will be posted to their friends and family via social media if they do not pay the money." Men are approached on various sites but "predominantly" through friend requests on Facebook.
In some cases money has been transferred, including sums in the region of £500, police said.
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More than 30 Britons a day fall for the webcam sex scams, a Mirror investigation reveals today.
Victims in Plymouth include John Pearn, who told sextortionists to stuffed and urged others to not be cowed by the blackmailers.
Hertfordshire Police, which raised the alarm after receiving 20 reports so far this year, said it believes the con is being carried out around Britain.
The force said: "The men, whose ages range between 17 and 36, are contacted by a 'young attractive woman' via social media and encouraged to have conversations via the online video chat service, Skype.
So, basically, you're sort of kissing your significant other, but you're also kind of making out with a pig with a mustache.