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.“Yet, he has, on multiple occasions, continued to engage in the very conduct he swore off, progressing from that which is self-destructive to that which is also destructive to a teenage girl — a minor the law recognizes as needing protection.” The court filing further notes Weiner’s hypocrisy in having co-sponsored a 2007 bill aimed at forcing convicted perverts to list their email and instant-message addresses on the National Sex Offender Registry.“In public remarks in support of the bill, the defendant recognized that “the Internet is the predator’s venue of choice today,” court papers say.
Eventually, they may ask you to join a Skype (video) call with them.
Weiner pleaded guilty in May to transferring obscene material to a minor and faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced Monday.
He and estranged wife Huma Abedin last week asked Manhattan federal Judge Denise Cote to spare him any time in the slammer so he can care for their son, but prosecutors Wednesday said Weiner deserves to get locked up for between 21 and 27 months.
The scammers may threaten to send compromising pictures or video footage of you to your friends, colleagues or family, or post it to your networks such as Skype contacts or Facebook friends.
Others have threatened to post the footage to porn sites or You Tube.
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