How Sex-Related Jobs and Scams Are Threatening Public Safety
On the backdrop of the current health crisis and economic difficulties worldwide, online job ads are increasingly being published to recruit women for sex-related jobs or to participate in online scams in a technique called e-whoring. In the report on ‘Sex-Related Jobs and Scams in the Context of COVID-19’, Verint’s analysts present the ads and techniques used in both surface and deep web to recruit individuals to these fields of activity.
Increase in Sex-Related Job Ads
In recent weeks, several job ads have been published on Craigslist, a popular classified advertisements website based in the US, with positions specifically offered to women. The ads offer lucrative incomes to those who need to work while remaining in isolation. The ads do not make any explicit reference to escort services or prostitution activity, but the choice of words in these ads leaves no doubt as to the type of work that is being offered: outgoing, flirtatious, loves being the center of attention, open-minded, etc.
The “E-Whoring” Method
E-Whoring has been defined as a “social engineering technique where offenders imitate partners in virtual sexual encounters, asking victims for money in exchange for pictures, videos or even sexual-related conversations”.
E-Whoring raises several concerns. It is considered illegal by most countries and raises issues of exploitation and deceit as images may belong to third parties that have not given their consent.
The ongoing spike in unemployment might encourage some individuals to turn to this practice as a way of securing an income.
The report sheds light on posts found on the Dark Web, offering guidance on how E-Whoring works The report sheds light on posts found on the Dark Web, offering guidance on how E-Whoring works.
Verint’s report on ‘Sex-Related Jobs and Scams in the Context of COVID-19’ presents additional explanations found on the dark web of how E-Whoring technique works.