Gardaí probe 'honey trap' social media scam
Gardaí are investigating five complaints that a beautiful Eastern European woman used a 'honey trap' on social media in an attempt to blackmail Irish men.
The revelation came as a young man who issued a public warning over the attempted sex scam by video chat on a social media site confirmed he had lodged a formal complaint to gardaí in Cork.
Detectives indicated four other similar complaints had been lodged over recent months by men who were the victims of similar blackmail attempts.
The same woman is believed to be involved in all the blackmail scams and gardaí are liaising with police in two other countries over the matter.
"I went to the gardaí and I was told: 'You are probably the fifth person I have dealt with in a similar situation.' He took some details from me," he said.
"The garda said he was in contact via mutual assistance with an international police force probing such cases.
"But when they went looking for her online there was no trace of her."
The woman, described as tall and striking-looking, was apparently living in both Dublin and Cork over recent months.
The young man warned internet users to be wary of blackmail traps after he was the focus of an attempted €10,000 sex scam. The victim, who does not want to be identified, was threatened by the woman after she sent him a video of an online sexual encounter between the pair.
The woman, in her 20s, contacted the young man and said if he did not pay €10,000 to a specific account she would trace and contact his family and friends and publish the video online. After refusing to pay, he contacted Cork radio station RedFM to highlight the scam.