Sextortion, CPF, cryptocurrencies… talk about it to avoid being scammed


“Sending nude pictures is commonplace. » The statement may surprise you or, on the contrary, seem banal – very often, depending on your age. It is extracted from it “Sextortion” (contraction of “sex” and “blackmail”) is one of the three episodes of the series Digital pitfalls posted on in December. And that first salvo of videos should reach a wide audience, well beyond the intended audience.

The series was indeed created for “digital natives” born after 1984 after a study by the Local Government Association, spokesperson for UK local authorities, claimed that 18-34 year olds were more likely to be cheated online than those in their fifties. The designers have therefore adopted their codes: short videos and presentations by youtubers or influencers.

Jüne Pla, 38, illustrator and founder of – 985,000 subscribers on Instagram – raises the difficult issue of blackmail for falsely distributing compromising sex videos, which can lead to suicide. As Adeline, Mateo’s sister, was able to testify, she was found hanged in her bedroom.

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However, Jüne Pla remains smiling to warn of the “friends” who are demanding “File” (nude photos) or against “fisha” accounts that distribute intimate pictures of young people without their consent. Above all, she wants to make the victims feel guilty, she repeats “Anyone can be tricked” and explains what to do in this case – the emergency number is 3018.

Practical advice

A different tone, funny, a different look, all in black, for Sandoz (484,000 subscribers on YouTube), who came to crack the CPF (Personal Training Account) scam – while the government was on the 10 co-payment principle…

Since 2018, the Alsatian has been denouncing “Grazer” (network fraudsters) in videos with sometimes flowery language. Nothing rude here. He relies on scammer testimonials to point this out “Since the money doesn’t come out of the pocket, no one thought of filing a complaint,” before attending the training courses.

Sandoz (484,000 subscribers on YouTube) decodes CPF (Personal Training Account) scams.

At the same time, Sandoz looks back on the founding of the CPF in 2018 and its unexpected success, then shares practical advice. While we’d like more detail, Laurent Durain, director of vocational training at the Caisse des dépôts, urges his conciseness: “A proposal that is too good…is too good. »

The advice also applies to cryptocurrency scams, which are deciphered in a more classic video by Amy Plant, a computer science student at Ecole 42. After a kind of press review of the latest discovered scams and enticing advertisements, the young woman goes in search of information before she invests – little, but real.

Along the way, a victim, a scammer, a cop, and ThaHomey, a “cheat rapper” who raps about “Cryptos.” A trend that has evolved in a historical sequence that spans from the anarchic “cypherpunk” movement of the 1980s to the announcement in September 2021 of the introduction of Bitcoin as legal tender in El Salvador. Again too short. But other videos have already been announced for 2023.

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