Out of the US Attorney’s Office, news that isn’t exactly marketing, but is relevant to issues on online trust and marketing. It’s a very crazy scheme, for the purpose of just him pleasuring himself? There was no money involved, which makes this even more weird. Still, it helps us understand both how much people TRUST those they know, but why people also don’t trust people online. Building trust is extremely important in marketing, so if you can build a relationship with your consumer and not just try to sell them a quick product, they will be more likely to buy more products over time. That’s why more and more people are promoting MLM programs online, some of them making millions a year.
A Glendale Arizona man accused of hacking into hundreds of Facebook, Skype and email accounts, then coercing women to strip for him, pleaded guilty today to federal computer fraud charges.
With his plea, Karen “Gary” Kazaryan, 27, acknowledged hacking into online accounts, using personal information and nude or semi-nude photos of his victims to coerce female victims to show him their bodies, often over Skype.
Kazaryan also hacked into accounts and changed passwords, locking victims out of their own online accounts, prosecutors said.
Once he controlled the accounts, he searched emails or other files for naked or semi-naked pictures of the victims, as well as other information, such as passwords and the names of their friends, according to court papers.
Using that information, Kazaryan posed online as women, sent instant messages to their friends, and persuaded the friends to remove their clothing so that he could seen them and take pictures of them, federal prosecutors said.
When his demands were refused, Kazaryan posted nude photos of some victims on their Facebook pages, officials said.
Kazaryan is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 7 by U.S. District Judge George H. King.
In exchange for his plea to computer intrusion and aggravated identity theft charges, prosecutors in Los Angeles agreed to recommend a prison sentence of no more than six years, papers show.
Kazaryan was arrested in January by FBI agents based on a 30-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Investigators estimate that Kazaryan victimized more than 350 women, but not all have been identified.
About 3,000 images of nude or semi-nude women were found on Kazaryan’s computer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.