Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (PGRM) has identified a syndicate believed to be spreading nude photos and videos involving VIPs.
The party’s Complaints Bureau’s chief, Wilson Lau, said the bureau had received many complaints about the syndicate, believed to be masterminded by a bevy of young women from the Philippines.
He said the modus operandi of the syndicate was by using Facebook to display beautiful images as profile pictures and proceed to send friend requests to men with Facebook profiles associating themselves as businessmen.
“After becoming friends, the Filipino women would flirt and ask for video chatting via Skype.
“At that time, the syndicate will get their victims to strip off their clothes and will encourage them by shedding their clothes as well.
“The victims won’t realise that their act is being recorded. Soon thereafter, the syndicate group will upload the video to YouTube, but in ‘private’ mode, meaning that only the victims an see it.”
Wilson said the syndicate would then send the recorded video to the victims and threaten them to pay money or else have the video uploaded on YouTube, open for view by the public.
Parti Gerakan National Youth Complaints Bureau chief Simon Sim said in two cases reported to the party, the Filipino women in their 20s tried to extort US$50,000 (RM185,000).
“We advise all users of the social networking site to be careful with the Facebook account using the name Ashley Mhay Celeste or other Facebook accounts that try to entice them to do a strip tease.
“We believe it is not just these two cases. Many of the victims may be keeping silent for fear of their nude videos spreading.”
In the meantime, Gerakan will report the matter to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) so that such dubious Facebook accounts are blocked on the social networking site.