The Police Cyber Crime Unit are investigating cases of obtaining money by false pretense and demanding money by menace.
Officers received over 100 complaints from prominent Ugandans including corporates, business people, lawyers, doctors, Members of Parliament among others claiming that unknown persons sent them photoshopped photographs showing them in compromising positions and they were demanding money not to publish them on social media.
“Our cyber-crime teams are still investigating the allegations and we closing on the suspects” the KMP spokesperson Patrick Onyango said.
On Wednesday, the unit registered three cases from Members of Parliament.
“Our investigations show that the criminals target prominent people and get a range of their photographs. The criminals, then get nude photographs from the internet and use computer applications to photoshop them to appear as if their victims were having sexual intercourses on camera” Onyango explained.
He added that after manipulating their victims’ photographs, the criminals call or send them the photoshopped photographs and demand money lest they publish them on social media or give to the media.
The criminals are demanding money ranging from US$1,000 to US$10,000.
Some unsuspecting victims have paid the money to the criminals while others have refused to yield to the threats and reported to police.
“We want to appeal to the public to be on the lookout for these criminals and we urge them not to yield to their demands. As soon as they contact you, please call the police immediately” he added.
The Cyber-Crime Unit has been tasked with the duty to monitor, analyze and look for these criminals to have them arrested and prosecuted.