At least four men and boys in the UK committed suicide after being attacked in one of these ways.
A substantial portion of the victims were boys 11-20 years old.
The Daily Mirror went to Africa to find how this teenager and another Briton were driven to take their own lives by criminals in the Ivory Coast and found police there struggling to cope with the rackets operating via a network of scammers, internet cafes and Western Union cash transfers.
" Minutes later, the victim typed his suicide note which read: "I was getting blackmailed by someone for £800 so they sent a video around of me and ruined my life. but this is the only way out." In the morning, he was found dead.Despite her clear blackmail attempt, she tried to incite Jon's sympathy, claiming: 'I'm asking you still care my sister is very ill and I'm ready to suck the life out of you if you do not pay me 500 of your change, believe me, I'm not kidding because I do not would hesitate a second released this video of you on all the canvas by placing it on all major video sharing sites online in the world.' He said: 'I told her 'I think you've picked on the wrong person here - you should go and pick on someone who cares.Because of the names of my nieces and nephews were on Facebook I blocked her immediately.A man has been charged with the blackmail of a 17-year-old schoolboy from Co Tyrone who took his own life after being duped into sending intimate photos of himself over the internet.Ronan Hughes (17) killed himself in June 2015 after learning that individuals he met online had followed through with a threat to send images of him to one of his Facebook friends unless he paid them £3,300.In response to this surge in reported cases, the NCA has issued new advice for victims of webcam blackmail: don't panic, don't pay, don't communicate, and preserve evidence.