An ex-glamour model claims conmen hacked her Facebook page to entice teenage girls to send in explicit photos of themselves.
According to the Daily Mail, Harriette Cranfield, 24, said the ‘perverts’ promised the vulnerable youngsters highly-paid modelling work in exchange for sexually explicit images.
However, once the girls sent the photos, the hackers allegedly threatened to reveal their identities and share the photos online unless they paid huge sums of money.
According to the Mirror, Miss Cranfield said:
The youngest girl was a 15-year-old and that was the most shocking because she had planned to meet the hacker so they could get more photos. That was when I phoned the police for the first time. She had sent explicit photos you wouldn’t expect a 15-year-old girl to take.
The former model’s boyfriend, Jack Gardner, 25, added:
He entices them in using Miss Cranfield’s profile, because she’s well known in the industry, then claims that he can make them Britain’s next top model if they send over these pictures. [He] then reveals [he’s] not Harriette and demands £250 to not plaster their pictures all over the internet.
Miss Cranfield claims she knows of 15 people who have been conned and she first noticed something was wrong in February last year when she couldn’t log on to her Facebook account. She then discovered that her Hotmail had also been hacked and all her security questions changed.
She contacted Facebook but they reportedly said they were unable to do anything because the account was genuine. She also claims that, despite the con, police said no offences had been committed, so they could not do anything either.
Feeling powerless, Miss Cranfield and Mr Gardner were forced to set up a Facebook group to warn their friends and family about the con.
According to the Daily Mail an Essex Police spokesman said:
Based on the information we have been provided so far, no offences have been committed. However should any further information come to light, we would ask Miss Cranfield to contact us. We also encourage the people who believe they have been the victim of a crime to report any offences to police.
The former model said her account is still controlled by the hackers, but hopes that Facebook will shut it down shortly.