The police will take your case seriously, will deal with it in confidence and will not judge you for being in this situation.Don't communicate further with the criminals: Take screen shots of all your communication.Last year more than 40 arrests were made in the Philippines, and there is one ongoing international prosecution connected to one of the suicides reported this year.
Samstrom lived alone near Uppsala, some 70 kilometres (43.4 miles) north of Stockholm.
The court noted he also drank “large amounts of alcohol.” The Swedish case came to light when Samstrom was being investigated for another alleged sex crime and police found videos at his home of girls speaking English.
In a similar scheme, but usually not with the aim of blackmail, "catfishing" is where an online user is tricked by another who pretends to be someone they are not in order to befriend, fool or entice.
The number of people reporting financially-motivated cyber enabled blackmails more than doubled from 385 in 2015 to 864 up to November 2016, police said. Four young men in the UK have killed themselves in the last year after being blackmailed by one of the cyber gangs.
Sextortion is a form of blackmail where criminals use fake identities to befriend victims online - using websites such as Facebook, Skype or Linkedin - before persuading them to perform sexual acts in front of their webcam.
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.
Samstrom threatened to post photos of the 26 girls and one boy on pornography sites or to kill their relatives unless they performed sex acts as he watched from Sweden, prosecutors said.
The court said that while Samstrom never met his victims in person, he was guilty of rape, sexual coercion and other charges.
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.
The term "sextortion" was a term coined by the National Police Chiefs' Council, which has been investigating the growing crime.
It comes as the Met Police released worrying figures showing the number of sex crimes involving dating apps Tinder and Grindr was up 2,000 per cent this year.