x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Man jailed for blackmailing woman with fake nude pictures of her on Facebook

The blackmailer claims the woman and her husband owed him money and refused to pay.

DUBAI // A blackmailer who tried to use fake naked pictures of a woman to make her pay up on an alleged debt has been been sentenced to six months in jail.

AA, 38, from India, claimed the woman and her husband owed him money and refused to pay.

It was not clear how much they owed him. After making the demand in August last year he would call the couple up to 15 times a day.

"He wouldn't say a word and sometimes he would call through the internet so we couldn't recognise the number," recalled the woman FF, 24-year-old from India.

He contacted her and her husband and threatened to scandalise them if they did not pay him his money.

He then asked her and members of her family to become his friend on Facebook. Mistaking him for someone they knew in India, they accepted the requests.

This gave him access to her online photographs, which he altered by pasting her face on to pictures of naked women and then emailed to her friends and family.

"He also contacted my brother and told him that he knew me and was in a relationship with me and that my husband was a con artist who targeted women," recalled the woman.

The man was charged with issuing threats and with using Etisalat services to disturb the couple.

He confessed in the Criminal Court last month. He will be deported after completing his prison term.

salamir@thenational.ae