PETALING JAYA: A total of 21 "sextortion" cases, with victims being blackmailed using nude photos and videos, have been recorded in the city since January.
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Fakhrudin Abdul Hamid (pic) said two cases have been prosecuted while 19 others were still under investigation.
"In the course of our investigations, we discovered that 12 victims have paid the suspects, incurring losses of RM33,788.
"Most of the cases involved a syndicate which duped victims on social media platforms.
"Some suspects are also known to the victims, including ex-husbands and ex-boyfriends," he said on Wednesday (May 19).
ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin said the suspects would get to know the victims through platforms such as WeChat, Facebook, WhatsApp and MiChat and convince them to share nude photos or videos.
"The suspects would then threaten to circulate the photos and videos unless the victims paid up," he added.
He advised the public not to be easily duped by such criminals.
"Society must be smarter in using social media and realise that any live activity online can be recorded by another party.
"Don't easily trust those you meet online," he said.