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The gangs, based in Morocco, the Philippines and the Ivory Coast, use "honey trap" actors to lure their victims in and record the images before threatening to share them with the victims' friends and family unless they accede to their demands for payment.
Most appear to single out victims based on their "ability to pay" and because "they have something to lose" and ransom demands range from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds.
It also said that children were among those exploited for sums ranging from £50 to £800.
It also added that the groups identified were working out of Morocco, the Philippines and the Ivory Coast.Victims are duped into performing sex acts on webcam before blackmailers threaten to send the video to their friends and family on social media.