Specifically, two Australian women, 18 and 31, were victimized in an online extortion threat after sending nude photographs of themselves to a man pretending to be a female modeling agent. "She" told them she could get them a modeling contract if they forwarded nude photographs of themselves and gave their personal information.
Once the women complied, "the modeling agent" admitted he was actually a man, and then threatened to post the nude photographs on the internet unless they had sex with him.
COMMENT: Western Australia (WA) Sex Assault Squad officers are investigating the source of the emails, and have confirmed that the emails originated from abroad. Consequently, police have issued a warning to women to beware of providing their personal information online, particularly to people they don't know.
This scam has also been used in the US and Europe, although in a number of cases money has been demanded in lieu of sex extortion.
Further safety tips and information can be obtained through The Australian Communication and Media Authority at http://www.cybersmart.gov.au and the Australian Federal Police site http://www.thinkuknow.org.au/site/index.asp.