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Police nab nude-chat scammers

Six men have been arrested, accused of running a nude-chat blackmail scheme on the Internet, Shanghai police said yesterday.

Over 100 people from around the country were scammed.

They lost about 300,000 yuan (US$44,000) to the suspects, according to police.

Police in Songjiang District started investigating the matter in March after receiving a report from one of the victims, a man surnamed Xue.

Xue claims he downloaded an app recommended by a “friend” from the Internet.

And he used it for nude chatting with the person.

That person then threatened to share Xue’s nudes with his phone contacts unless he paid 2,000 yuan (US$295).

Police said the app stole Xue’s mobile contact list.

And the nudes sent to Xue were actually snippets of porn.

The suspects were caught in Jiujiang City in Jiangxi Province and Shenzhen City in Guangdong Province.

They are now awaiting trial for blackmail, police said.

Police say the number of nude-chat blackmailing cases is on the rise this year. Most of the victims are young men.


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