The author claims that someone who operates the scam can earn up to ,000 (£9,700) every month if they operate the dating scam full-time.
Here's the overview of Adhrann's scamming guide: Adhrann advises people following his guide to take care in the way they set up their dating site profile.
Another way to spot whether an account is fake is the selection of photos that it uses.
Adhrann's guide says that scammers should "look on the Internet for a bunch of pics of a cute girl" and select someone who is "not a top model, but a normal sexy girl." To find photos, scammers can buy sets of photographs of young women, often through shady forums frequented by hackers.
James said he was shown images of personal information from his social media accounts to prove his details were known."It was a comprehensive list of all my Facebook friends, a picture of the website of my employer, including email addresses of my colleagues, my Linked In page, photos of my friends, my personal website," he said.
However, when James tried to seek help from Victoria Police, he said he was told to file an online report with the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN)."I said [to police], 'This seems quite a lot more urgent than that'," he said."There's a person yelling at me, threatening, saying 'If you don't respond to me and tell me you're doing what I'm doing, things are going to get sticky for you'."James said he tried to block the blackmailer and deactivate his social media accounts, however the video was sent to several people.
Scammers are told to use a female partner for the video call part of the process, but there are guidelines on what they should look like: If a scammer is successful here, and managed to con the target out of money for a webcam, or other small amounts, then they may attempt the riskiest part of the process, known as the "pause." Scammers are instructed to stage an altercation over webcam, and then cease contact.
After a week, scammers are told to call the target and claim that their "husband/father/pimp/whoever" got "drunk/high/whatever" and attacked them.
The guide isn't available for free, in fact, it was being sold for Bitcoins on a deep web marketplace.
Bitcoin is cryptographic currency favoured by criminals as it allows semi-anonymous online transactions.
That's a sure sign that the account is fake, as the photo must have been circulating on the internet.
Step two in the dating scam guide deals with "developing a virtual relationship." Scammers are told to ask lots of questions about their targets, paying particular attention to their past relationships.
Business Insider obtained a PDF guide that is sold online for just £2.59.