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Will my pics and videos be used against me?

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Will my pics and videos be used against me?

Postby LisaT » Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:51 pm

Because my RS and I talked a lot about our businesses, as we’re both entrepreneurs (well now I know his business is actually romance scamming), I had foolishly trusted him and shared with him my business name and website.

Should I be concerned that my personal and business information that I've foolishly shared with my RS will be used against me?

I don't want to live in fear that my business will be harmed now or later, and I can't exactly change my business name and web site without starting all over again and changing my business name (deep sigh) ... which would require a tremendous amount of time and effort and basically like starting all over again.

He was smart and didn’t give me a lot of contact info about him, and one of my concerns is that if he does Google info on romance scams, since I've called him out on it and accused him as such, and if I post more details about him here, and he finds my posts here, will he then do something to harm me and my business?

I also shared with him my real name, age, birthdate, location, etc. Plus, he has photos of me and my daughter and a few videos of me, which I stupidly sent him because I had trusted him and we were sharing pics and videos with each other.

Nothing I sent him are sexually explicit, but I am still scared and worried that he will use me in his scams, pose as me, as I am considered an attractive woman.

When I had asked him to leave my business alone, he had reassured me that he would, but then as much as I would like to believe him, how I can trust the words of a professional liar, right?

So not only am I worried now about my business, I am worried that he will use my photos and videos and steal my identity for scamming other people. Is that a common occurrence? )-:

Will my pics and videos be used against me?

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Re: Will my pics and videos be used against me?

Postby Igulinka » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:05 pm

LisaT

Welcome to RS. We are very sorry for the scam. Unfortunately you can't turn back the time but you can stop scammers from the scam by BLOCKING and IGNORING them. It means no more opening their emails, reading texts, no more accepting the phone calls or contacting with them by any means. It will take a while and eventually they will move on.

Do not worry about pictures. Scammers have access to the billions of photos online just like we are. They rarely use photos of their victims. If they received nude photos they may most likely try to blackmail you but once again, when they blocked and computer is shut down scam ends. Be safe!
Confronting the scammer is WRONG!!! DON'T enlighten criminals with your wisdom. REPORT & BLOCK.
PHOTO VICTIM - "Do not confront the owner of the pictures, as they are victims themselves! You will only serve to further the terror and harm !" Silence Is Golden!!! I speak Polish.

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Re: Will my pics and videos be used against me?

Postby LisaT » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:09 pm

Hi Igulinka, thank you for your reply. I feel a lot better now. I am glad RS rarely use photos of their victims.

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Re: Will my pics and videos be used against me?

Postby LisaT » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:11 pm

I do wish I knew better and didn't confront or call my RS out for being a romance scammer. I wish I had played stupid and just blocked him and leave him wondering and hanging. Hindsight is always 20-20 vision.

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Re: Will my pics and videos be used against me?

Postby mariko » Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:09 pm

Recently I have encountered scam victims suffered their photo being used. (Cases in my country.)

1) The formal looking photo used as dying widow scam, pretending that the Asian woman (either Japanese or Korean or Chinese) married to westerners and widowed.

2) The normal photo was edited and composited with porn model’s nude photo, then the victim was threatened by her scammer that the composited photo will be spread to her SNS friends, and what she says is true, her scammer already sent that composited porn photo to some of her SNS friends. (I told her to ignore and never send money, and explain to friends that internet perv has composited the photo and spreading. )

From these events, conclude that most likely victims’ photo are unlikely to be used for most of the cases, yet the scammers do use for dying widow scam. Also some scammers do make composited porn photo to threat the victim who never sent her embarrassing photo to the scammer.

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