Here Samir (not his real name) tells the story of how he was trapped – and below the BBC’s Reda el Mawy visits the Moroccan boomtown where many of the scammers are based.
WARNING: this story contains descriptions of sexual acts It happened when I was home alone. I didn’t think it was anything strange – I often get friend requests from old school friends who I don’t know well.
I was in a mate's office and logged on and there were three friend requests.
I think it’s extremely unlikely that your Skype calls are recorded … I’ll dive into a number of reasons I believe that to be the case.A few of my nieces would've laughed about it anyway.'Realising Jon was not bothered by her threats, 'Marie' reduced the blackmail figure to £100 and wrote: 'I'm not afraid of the police and to know that I'm a guy and I belong to an organization and the police can't find me lol'.'Most of my mates think it's hilarious and say 'that's typical of you'.I don’t believe Skype (which is now owned by Microsoft) is recording your calls. If there’s a Skype-to-Skype connection, it may be encrypted end-to-end, but messages sent to the Skype servers are encrypted only en route, and arrive there unencrypted.On the other hand, there is no clear statement on audio and video Skype calls.So, while we would like to rely on encryption as a clear indication that there are no Skype calls recorded (at least by Skype), that’s not a conclusion we can make.