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It also said that children were among those exploited for sums ranging from £50 to £800.In a similar scheme, but usually not with the aim of blackmail, "catfishing" is where an online user is tricked by another who pretends to be someone they are not in order to befriend, fool or entice.The number of people reporting financially-motivated cyber enabled blackmails more than doubled from 385 in 2015 to 864 up to November 2016, police said. Four young men in the UK have killed themselves in the last year after being blackmailed by one of the cyber gangs.The National Crime Agency said the victims are aged between 14 and 82, with the highest proportion being men aged between 21 and 30, and with a substantial proportion in the 11-20 age group.
It also added that the groups identified were working out of Morocco, the Philippines and the Ivory Coast.
Last year more than 40 arrests were made in the Philippines, and there is one ongoing international prosecution connected to one of the suicides reported this year.