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Cyber security expert warns of sexploitation scams

JOHANNESBURG - Sextortion scams are on the rise worldwide and scammers are said to be targeting young children who have access to online platforms.

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Sextortion is a scam in which people are asked to send explicit pictures of themselves.

Scammers then threaten to leak the images unless a ransom is paid.

The Internet Watch Foundation says it received more reports of sextortion in the first half of 2023 than in the whole of 2022.  

As the holidays approach, children will have more time on their hands to spend online.

Andy Mashaile, a cyber security advisor discussed safety strategies with eNCA.

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