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A typical scenario might be that a young woman befriends a potential victim via a social network, and enters into steamy webcam conversations with their intended prey.
During the course of these conversations, the female might strip her clothes off and encourage their male victim to do the same.
What the man may not realise, as they take their own clothes off and potentially engage in various sexual acts in front of the camera, is that they are being secretly recorded.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the blackmailers told Daniel he would be "better off dead" if he did not pay up.
I've warned before about the dangers involved in looking for love online, but Daniel's death takes this to an all new level of horror.
There are reports that Daniel shared his Skype ID on Facebook and Twitter in the hours before his death, inviting strangers to contact him for a chat.
It's possible, therefore, that criminals are scooping up publicly posted Skype names of young men and attempting to blackmail them.
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Users must be at least 13 years of age to participate.