DOUALA, Cameroon

The fostering of online relationships by predators to obtain compromising images for blackmail, an act of cybercrime, has plunged many women in the Central African nation of Cameroon into despair.

“Most victims of cyber blackmail are women,” a professional hacker who goes by the name Ismalito told Anadolu Agency.

“Men make them think they live in Europe and are big personalities. They also pretend to travel all over the world looking for a woman to marry. They know that African women can be very swayed by Westerners and luxury.”

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