(Not his real name, either.) Fraudsters like Omar lurk on Facebook in search of victims.
When they find a target, they connect with them via video call on Skype or Facebook.
Here’s the story of one attack that pivoted on a Skype scam.
They then use a pre-recorded video of a girl downloaded from a pornographic website to trick the user into thinking they’re talking with someone in real time.
The scammers go to every length to make the chat session appear legitimate.
The internet was a new and exciting place, and it seemed like a safe and inpenetrable fortress of unsupervised mischief.
Mind you, this was years before Chris Hansen was popping in to offer you a seat while the decoy internet teen went to go check on the hot tub.