698 e-extortion cases recorded in 2022

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AMMAN — Head of the Cyber Crime Unit Mahmoud Al-Maghaira said that 698 electronic extortion cases have been submitted to the unit since the beginning of the year until the end of July, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.

“Women are the biggest victims of electronic extortion cases, though men get electronically blackmailed as well,”  Maghaira said on Monday. He said that there is no e-army in Jordan to protect people from these attacks.

According to Maghaira, besides the electronic extortion cases, there have been 1,153 cases of electronic financial fraud in the first seven months of this year.

He warned social media users about saving personal or private photos on application like Snapchat to avoid the risk of being blackmailed.

He said that all cases submitted to the unit are handled with “complete confidentiality” from the moment the complaint is filed until its submission to the judiciary, which cooperates with the Public Prosecutor and the administrative governor to deal with the case.

“Electronic extortion cases that come from abroad are dealt with by conducting technical investigation to gather information. The perpetrator’s location is determined, and if the person is outside of Jordan, the Arab and International Police Department are notified and tasked with investigating the individual and ultimately take legal action,” according to Maghaira.

He added that one of the most common methods of electronic extortion happens when perpetrators build relationships with victims, gaining their trust, convincing them to send pictures and videos, and then the blackmail starts. اضافة اعلان



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