The officer said they have at least ten cases where people have sent money to the blackmailers but most don’t. As far back as five years ago, a Turkish Cypriot newspaper reported that as much as half a million dollars was being sent to Nigeria by students from the north every month through money transfer offices such as Money Gram and Western Union.
A cursory enquiry among a few colleagues turned up two other cases of romance scams they knew of, one man who was not sure whether he was dealing with a scammer but she had asked for money, and another who had a middle-aged aunt who had been ripped off by a romance scammer a couple of years ago. Romance scams in the US now bring in the highest amount of money to organised gangs of scammers than any other type of internet fraud, according to the FBI, and that may only be the tip of the iceberg as it is estimated that only around 15 per cent of victims report the cases to authorities. But it is not only those defrauded of money who are the victims of scammers.
Some of the estimates say that fewer than 1,000 women are legally employed as prostitutes and approximately 20,000 girls, most of foreign origin, are engaged in illegal prostitution.Massage parlours business is quite small in Athens, because whore houses are legal and there is no need for such a business.Strip clubs and gentlemen´s clubs also sell sex, but at these venues you will always pay a lot or get ripped off.While brothels are still popular and usually safe places for prostitutes to work, the independent escort business is getting popular in Athens, and girls really like this because they can set their own rules.Most hookers in Athens come from all over the world, but there are also some Greek girls working in prostitution, but most of time only as an high-end escort business or as a junkie selling sex on the street, sadly there is no middle class Greek sex workers at all.“Most of our cases involve sextortion,” said the cybercrime officer.Sextortion is when a victim is dealing with a real person who persuades them to perform compromising acts on camera and then blackmails them.By Jean Christou Far from being a phenomenon that an internet savvy populace should be attuned to in 2017, romance scams are on the rise across the globe in what has become an industry worth billions, and Cyprus police warn that “it is developing fast”.Six weeks ago an American man alerted the Sunday Mail of a possible romance scam operating out of the north.Many of the whores who work on the streets especially are illegal and they do not always follow these procedures.Street prostitution is still big part of the life in Athens, unlike in many other European capitals, where it is in big decline.