So you look for their weaknesses, and you exploit them. You see someone who looks like a sheikh, carrying the Koran, and you think, ‘There’s no way he’ll fall for this – but let’s try him anyway.’ And when you try, he falls for it.” Those tools help Omar earn 500 USD a day from the scam.
Doing so will empower employees to help protect a company’s data and reputation.
Even so, that’s just the beginning of what enterprises should be doing to protect themselves against digital extortion.
(Not his real name, either.) Fraudsters like Omar lurk on Facebook in search of victims.
When they find a target, they connect with them via video call on Skype or Facebook.
As Omar says the entire scam takes about one hour and consists of three 20-minute segments: chatting, filming the video, and threatening the user.