Three minutes of video, man was blackmailed 4000 yuan

The suspect shows the bill. Photo by upstream reporter Zhang Jinqi

  Recently, the Yuzhong police successfully cracked a “net chat” fraud case in the “Net Net 2020” special operation, involving more than 1 million yuan. Yuzhong District Anti-Fraud Center issued a reminder: "Internet chat trap" is an emerging fraud method. It is hoped that the general public will go online in a green and civilized manner, enhance self-prevention awareness, do not click on unfamiliar links, do not scan unfamiliar QR codes, and do not fill in personal importance at will information. In case of "net chat trap", please report to the police immediately.

  "Internet chat" was threatened to spend money to "guarantee reputation"

  At about 1 am on April 12 this year, the Yuzhong police received a report from Mr. Li, a resident of the jurisdiction, that he had been defrauded during an online chat.

  It is understood that when Mr. Li was playing mobile QQ at home late the previous night, he did not resist the temptation and was guided by a stranger on QQ to chat naked through a video APP for 3 minutes. Later, the other party sent a screenshot of the video of the naked chat, as well as Mr. Li's phone address book information, and threatened that if he did not want to send the naked chat videos and pictures to others, he would spend money to delete them.

  Fearing that his reputation would be destroyed, Mr. Li had to transfer the money as required. However, the other party did not stop it, and extorted him for other reasons and charges for deleting the address book. After making many transfers, Mr. Li chose to report the case at about 1:00 am the next day after he could no longer pay. During this period, Mr. Li was extorted for nearly 4,000 yuan in total.

  The amount involved has exceeded one million yuan

  After receiving the police, the Yuzhong District Anti-Fraud Center immediately filed a case for investigation. Through a large number of investigations and evidence collection and multi-party tracing, the police confirmed that the suspect was located in a villa in Panyu District, Guangzhou.

  In early May, the policeman handling the case rushed to Guangdong to work closely with the local public security organs and conducted investigations near the villa area and found that the suspect’s vehicle was parked at the entrance of the villa. On May 10, the police immediately launched an arrest operation and successfully captured the relevant suspect Guo Moumou and other 4 people.

  After interrogation, it was found that Guo Moumou and others purchased a large number of Alipay, WeChat and other payment QR codes, and provided them to "shangjia" to collect the victims' money. After receiving the money, deduct the obtained rebate commission, and then transfer the stolen money to the account designated by "Shangjia".

  "These four suspects are the downstream money laundering service providers of extortion criminal gangs. They charge commissions and provide capital circulation channels. The amount involved exceeds one million yuan," the police said. The case is still under investigation.

  "Naked chat" fraud routine has 4 steps

  "These are all routines." According to the police from the Anti-Fraud Center of Yuzhong District, some of the workers in the gang are clear, and there are special personnel responsible for information release, online chat trading, threats and intimidation, and transfer of stolen funds. In order to prevent more people from falling into the trap, the police have revealed the secrets of this type of fraudulent use of online naked chat as bait:

  The first step is that criminals obtain citizens’ personal information from illegal channels and screen blackmailers to chat. Most of the recruits are young and middle-aged men;

  Step 2: After the victim talks "on the top", they start to seduce naked chats. Most of the naked chats are young women with good-looking faces or men pretending to be women using voice aids such as voice changers;

  The third step is to induce the victim to click on an unfamiliar link or QR code. At this time, the computer or mobile phone will be automatically installed with virus-laden software, stealing personal information such as the victim's address book or bank card;

  Step 4, the other party accurately stated the victim's name, family members, address, and work unit, and threatened them by publishing their information and indecent photos and videos. Some victims would choose to compromise.

  Don't click on unfamiliar links easily

  In the face of these routines, the police also gave coping strategies:

  First of all, do not add strangers and friends randomly, and avoid exposing personal information before knowing the true identity of the other party;

  Secondly, do not easily click on links, QR codes or applications sent by strangers;

  Finally, when you encounter extortion or fraud, you should stay calm, save the evidence, and call the police as soon as possible.

  Chongqing Morning News·Upstream News Reporter Tan Yao