Internet dating turns into porn site horror for Oz man

Melbourne, September 4 (ANI): A man looking for romance online became a victim of a cyberscam when an intimate video of himself was plastered across dozens of porn sites, along with his real name and contact details after he stopped paying money to women whom he believed he was having a relationship with.

On top of that, he was also defrauded of cash and credit card details.

And Brisbane Police say the scam is not uncommon, the News.com.au reported.

John, 38, admits he has a mental health issue that makes the "live" dating scene difficult for him, so he had turned to the internet for some social interaction.

After initially signing up with multiple websites, he said many of the women were making money by getting him to click on links to verification codes.

He said he was told the women wanted the verification so that they could 'trust' that he wasn't a dangerous person.

He obliged, and filled out many forms during his online dating experience.

After losing money to one scam, John said he had become skeptical.

But it was events that followed him meeting a woman who he thought was from the Philippines, that his life was turned to chaos.

John said the woman appealed to him because she didn't ask him to verify himself and had encouraged normal conversation.

John said he had very private webcam moments with the woman, but said she had never had a discussion with him about money at that point.

John offered to give the woman some money to pay for her university tuition and food. What he didn't know was that the woman had recorded their interaction.

When John stopped paying, he said the woman sent him nasty threatening emails, demanding more money, or she would post his video to the internet.

He didn't believe her and terminated the relationship with her.

"She's kept emailing me, and then when I didn't respond, she started posting my videos. Each day it got more and more prolific,'' he said.

In fact, John's information was posted across dozens of porn sites. His face was also in the video.

But the worst part, he said, was his full name, email address, street address and telephone number were also posted on the links.

"It nearly destroyed me. To have that most personal of things out there, it just devastated me,'' he said.

Since the links went live, John said men from many countries had contacted him to say they were trapped in a cycle of payment in the same scam, for fear their careers, relationships and reputations would be destroyed.

Detective Superintendent Brian Hay from the Corporate Crime Group in Brisbane conceded the scam was more common than people realised.

"Because of the embarrassment associated with it, a lot of people aren't reporting it to police," Hay noted. (ANI)

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