Permanent Error Photos and Perk Based Extortion

by Hal Mooz 10. December 2013 20:56

Revenge porn and extortion scheme uncovered in California

A California man was charged Tuesday with running a nationwide revenge porn site — and a second website used to extort tens of thousands of dollars from victims desperate to have their pictures removed, officials said. Kevin Bollaert, 27, the alleged co-founder of ugotposted.com and changemyreputation.com, was arrested after a five-month probe and hit with 31 counts of conspiracy and other felonies. His attorney could not be reached for comment.

But court papers say he told an investigator he knew "lives are getting ruined." "I feel bad about the whole thing and like I just don't want to do it anymore," the San Diego man allegedly said.

The first site allowed users to post sexually explicit photos of people without their permission, and required them to include the victim's full name, location, age and Facebook profile, prosecutors said. The site would then direct victims to changemyreputation.com, which offered to remove the pictures for a fee of up to $350, prosecutors said.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said forensic investigators discovered tens of thousands of dollars in payments to a PayPal account linked to email for the site. "This website published intimate photos of unsuspecting victims and turned their public humiliation and betrayal into a commodity with the potential to devastate lives,” she said in a statement.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/10/21852765-revenge-porn-and-extortion-scheme-uncovered-in-california?lite

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