Not to downplay the suffering caused by such operators in any way — there have been multiple suicides related to such cases — but those lone wolves are rank amateurs compared with the massive network of fraudulent accounts that catfish male victims using stolen photos of young women and adolescent girls. They knew that the accounts were fake because the photos had been stolen from Instagram accounts or personal Facebook profiles. Some of the fake accounts are massive: they have ,, ,, or even , followers. It starts with a friend request from a young, hot babe. Within minutes of an intended victim accepting the request, the fake account will invite the target to join her in a sexy webcam chat, such as on Skype or Google Hangouts. Once they do, the first step into a sextortion trap has been taken.