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Before you send a send a friend request, make sure you know the level of “friendship” you have with that person – or else suffer the consequences.
The 35 year old man who wanted to be known as David Liong said he got in touch with a man who calls himself a freelance mode, 24 year old John Lee on Facebook.
After adding John Lee on Facebook on Aug 23, they started chatting and the next day at about 1.30am, Liong and Lee were busy engaging in a video call via Skype.
It wasn’t too soon until things turned sexual when Lee started to strip naked on camera and he persuaded Liong to do the same.
At the very same day around 12pm, Liong received a message via Facebook chat from Lee which said “I have a surprise for you”.
Lee’s ”surprise” was in fact screenshots of nudes of Liong from their previous video chat.
Lee threatened to release the video to his friends and family if he did not pay RM5,000 via Western Union transfer.
“After the picture was sent, he messaged ‘You know what to do’,” said Liong.
John Lee also screenshots Liong’s Facebook profiles friends to show him that he will sent the video to his friends and that he is not messing around.
Liong claimed that he was broke and tried to stall the blackmailer and he seeked help rom MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong.
John Lee is very persistent as he is constantly pestering Liong about when the money would arrive and messaging as often as every half hour.
“I want more people to come forward. You cannot fight alone,” said Chong, who revealed that he already had three other similar cases involving online blackmail this year.
He added that a police report had yet to be made and both he and Liong agreed that no money would be paid to the blackmailer.