Online friends turn out to be extortionists

The Ashley Madison case did not have a sufficient impact on some Costa Ricans. Judicial agents said that a handful of men here have been victims of extortion by women they met online.

Ashley Madison, of course, was the Web site that promoted adultery. The site was hacked, and identifying information of millions of persons who sought such relationships became public.

Still men here have sent intimate and embarrassing information to women they met online, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The agency said that three such complaints have been filed in the last 15 days, but an additional number of men have made inquiries on the subject.

The women are mainly European, the agency said. They meet men on the social network sites and suggest an intimate online relationship. They seek photos and videos. When the men comply, the women follow up with a demand for money, which can be as much as $3,000, the agency said.

If the money is not paid, the women threaten to make the photos or videos public.

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