Beaufort police have arrested an 18-year-old man in Kamunting, Perak for attempting to blackmail a 15-year-old into sending nude photos of herself
Using the name "Fordhaneem", the man had befriended the teen on Instagram in March and claimed to be an agent scouting for models
The perpetrator told the victim that he was looking for a model and asked her to fill up a form he sent over Instagram's direct messaging feature, reported New Straits Times.
He claimed that nude photos had to be sent in with the form, supposedly to be used for clothing size guidelines.
The victim, however, only sent in half-nude photos along with several others.
The teen became suspicious of the man when he insisted that she send in fully nude photos of herself and ceased all communications with him
Soon after that, she began to receive threatening messages from another guy named "Harith", who claimed to have received her half-nude photos from @fordhaneem.
District police chief Deputy Superintandent Azmir Abd Razak told New Straits Times, "This individual also demanded that she pay him money to prevent the pictures from being spread to more people.
"However, the victim did not make the payment [of RM500] and she suspected the two individuals [@fordhaneem and Harith] were the same person."
The man will be investigated under Section 12 of the Sexual Offences Against Children 2017
If convicted, the man could face up to five years in jail and whipping.
According to The Star, police are also investigating if the suspect was involved in similar blackmails of victims in other states.
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