Men in Costa Rica are being targeted online by blackmailers, typically through Facebook. The OIJ says they had 80 complaints last year, with the trend continuing in January of this year. Photo: Alamy
Q COSTA RICA – Meeting new people online can be costly. At least 80 men in Costa Rica, mostly professionals and married, were victims in 2016 of an international extortion ring asking them for money in exchange for not divulging their compromising video.
So said on Tuesday Erick Lewis Hernandez, head of the Computer Crimes Section (Delitos Informáticos) of the del Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), in an alert to prevent more cases and more people becoming victims.
Lewis explained that it all starts out innocently, the victims falling in the hands of an organization