How eight men fell for flirty messages online and then blackmailed by conman posing as woman

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Information about how a man posed as a woman online to trick men and extort them from money have emerged.

Paul Snelson, from Cleethorpes, used a cruel and cunning sting to fool his victims and get money out of them.

The eight men he blackmailed sent the fake woman initiate pictures of themselves online and on apps like Craigslist, Facebook and Whatsapp, GrimsbyLive reports.

Now after Snelson was jailed in Grimsby, we can reveal the cruel tactics he used.

Victim 1 – trying to trace a woman he had met

On June 21, a man put an advert on the Craigslist website asking to trace a woman he had been in contact with from Washington nine months earlier. He received an email from someone posing as a woman and they exchanged messages.

At Grimsby Crown Court, prosecutor Jeremy Evans said: “She asked whether he wanted to meet and asked whether there was any reward for it.

“She then asked whether he wanted to meet up and offered to pick him up.”



Paul Snelson from Cleethorpes has been jailed for three years and five months after the sex blackmail scam

The contact continued on WhatsApp and the fake woman provided her mobile phone number. The messages continued and the woman said she was 19 and “available”. She suggested that the reward would be £100 an hour.

“He then offered her £60, thinking that if she was a genuine escort or prostitute, she would not drop her price any further,” said Mr Evans.

She asked for a selfie so he took a picture of himself bare-chested in front of a mirror. He later sent a picture of his private parts.

The man later got a shocking message from the fake woman saying: “Everyone share!!! This scum bag has been trying to pay vulnerable young girls to meet up for sex and other disgusting things.

“Here is his picture.” She included his phone number and where he lived.

Underneath the post, Snelson, posing as the woman, wrote: “Look, I’m gonna post this every day for the next two weeks and everywhere if I don’t receive my £60 bank transfer.

“I will post it to every site and ruin your life. It will go to predator exposure, shadow hunter, Pedo Hunter.

“They have 26,000+ followers. I will message family members and friends, neighbours and everyone.

“If you think this is a bluff, then call me. Once posted, it will be double to remove.”

More messages were sent showing the faces of two men who had not paid the money and had been sent to Predators Exposed.

The man called in the police and Snelson was arrested after an investigation.

He was released pending further investigation but committed other offences.

Victim 2 – looking for a massage

Another man using Craigslist posted a message asking for a massage in his Devon home area.

He received a message supposedly from a woman and she asked him for a photograph of himself so he sent one of his face.

“The female said that he was hot and asked him for a naked photograph,” said Mr Evans.

“He took a selfie of himself completely naked, including his genital area, and sent it to her.”

Snelson, posing as the woman, sent a message demanding £250 by 6pm or she would send the picture to all his Facebook friends.

It included a screenshot of his Facebook profile and his 500 friends list.

He paid £200 but received demands for £2,500.

Police traced Snelson’s bank account.

Victim 3 – ‘I’ll send this all over Edinburgh’

A man using an adult website received a message that a woman wanted to contact him.

They exchanged messages late into the evening and these became sexual. They arranged to meet in Edinburgh.

The messages continued and she sent an intimate picture. The man sent her an explicit picture.

Snelson, pretending to be the woman, sent a message containing a screenshot of his Facebook profile along with the naked images he had sent.

She demanded £200, saying: “I want £200 transferred ASAP to my account or this goes all over Edinburgh in every local news group and selling site.

“I have 12 different Facebook accounts and I will spread you like wildfire.

“You pay up and I’ll delete everything and we never speak again. You don’t and I’ll keep posting and reposting for a month.

“I have also added your Facebook friends to a group message and will send to each one of them.”

The man’s father paid £200 for him. A further demand for £140 was made but not paid.

Victim 4 – ‘Your 351 Facebook friends will know’

A man began speaking with a supposed woman on Craigslist who wanted to meet new friends.

The conversation moved to WhatsApp and she asked if he had any naughty photos.

He sent an image of himself bare-chested and she sent an intimate one of her.

He sent an image of his private parts and they continued to exchange flirty messages.

Snelson sent a message saying: “I want £200 transferred ASAP or this all goes over Facebook/Instagram in every news group in Leicester. I have 14 different accounts and I will post you everywhere.

“I have also added all of your 351 friends to a group message and they will see the post too.”

The man sent £200 to the account. He was asked for a further £200 but did not reply.

Victim 5 – ‘Your husband is a dirty cheat’

A man replied to an online advert for “no strings fun” and exchanged emails.

He transferred to WhatsApp and sent images of himself.

Threats were made that the images would be sent to his family and friends if he did not pay £200.

He sent it but stopped the payment and was told that the images had been sent to his wife.

A message to her said: “Your husband is a dirty cheat and has been trying to have sex with young girls online and I have proof.”

Victim 6 – ‘You blocked me so I’m posting everywhere’

Another man replied to an advert and a meeting was arranged in Ealing.

Pictures were exchanged but the man received a message saying: “Everyone share this!!! This is *****. He is a dirty pervert and has been trying to have sex with young boys online. Let’s name and shame the creep so everyone can avoid this scumbag. He lives in Southend.”

There was a demand for £200 and, through fear, he paid it.

The person, Snelson, claimed that it had not been received and asked for another payment.

A message was sent saying: “You have blocked me. So I’m posting everywhere.”

Victim 7 – Looking for a friend online

A man placed an advert on Craigslist in the hope of finding a female partner.

He began chatting with a fake Sarah and they exchanged pictures. He sent one of his private parts.

He received a threatening message and a demand for £200 or details would be spread all over the York area.

It read: “So are you paying or am I posting the first 14 posts now?”

The man sent £100.

Victim 8 – Posing as ‘Sammy’

Another man placed an online advert wanting to talk to women.

He received an email from a fake woman, Sammy, and they exchanged emails.

She sent him pictures and he sent about eight of himself along with flirty messages.

He received a threatening message with pictures of his face and private parts.

It read: “He is a dirty cheat! He’s been trying to have sex with young girls behind his wife’s back!

“Let’s name and shame this scumbag so we can find his wife and she can leave his cheating a**. He lives in Huddersfield.”

Snelson demanded £150 and the man transferred it. He received further demands for money so transferred another £50.

The woman demanded another £100 and received a threat to tell his wife. He agreed to pay another £30.

She demanded another £140 but he did not send any more.



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