Sex blackmail ring busted

Sex blackmail ring busted
Updated 17 November 2015

Sex blackmail ring busted

Sex blackmail ring busted

JEDDAH: Madinah police have arrested several people for operating a scam through social media websites where they lured men to apartments, photographed them in compromising positions and then blackmailed them for cash.
According to a report in a local publication on Monday, the gang consisted of several men and women. The women went to online sites, such as Keek and Tango, where they made contact with men and set up dates to meet at rented apartments.
Col. Fahd Al-Ghanam, spokesman of the Madinah police, stated in a press release that the criminals first lured a man online, and when he arrived at an apartment, other members of the gang would “surprise” him with the woman and threaten to reveal his illicit affair.
Al-Ghanam said the criminals would then take his ATM card and withdraw as much as they could from his bank account, which they would use to buy mobile phones and jewelry. When they returned to the apartment, they would get him to sign an undertaking that he had an illegal liaison, and to promise never to report them.
Al-Ghanam said Madinah police officers set up a team to track down the criminals. Initially, the police arrested two women and a man who was the head of the gang. These three confessed to the crimes and revealed the whereabouts of their other accomplices, who were also arrested.
The gang had apparently used several different apartments to prevent their victims and the police from tracking them down. During the investigation, police officers found some of the belongings of victims, and some money.
Abdul Hadi Al-Shahrani, Madinah’s police director, said owners of apartments must be careful to whom they rent their properties. He also warned young people that they should not browse or log onto suspicious websites.