Young Aussies are being targeted in a worrying new identity theft scam, with personal photos being used on fake OnlyFans accounts.
The West Australian spoke to a number of victims, both male and female, of an alarming new type of catfishing scam where fraudsters steal content from Instagram accounts belonging to everyday users.
The imposter account then sends messages to their target’s followers to lure them across to OnlyFans – an online pay-per-view subscription service popular with pornographic models – with the promise of explicit content.
Amy Jackson, a 24-year-old marketing officer, had never opened an OnlyFans account, but was shocked to find a number of her Instagram photos being used on the platform after she was alerted by a friend. Amy recounts the “unsettling” experience in The West.
Dubbed the “paywall of porn”, OnlyFans exploded in popularity at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and now has 24 million subscribers who pay to watch sexual material from its 450,000 “content creators.”
Acting eSafety Commissioner Rebecca Razavi said identity theft scams had become “all too common”.
While the Commissioner has the power to investigate if an intimate image is used in a scam, most fraudsters live internationally. It means prosecution is near impossible.
“We advise restricting the amount of personal information you share and to only connect with people you know… really is the best way to ensure your private information and images are not misused.”
Read the full story in The West Australian here.
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