Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical.


Darshi was a final year university student, who was specializing ‘Drama & Theatre’. Meanwhile, she was applying for jobs in the same field advertised on the internet, planning to join them as soon as she completed her degree.

One early morning, she found an email saying that,

She couldn’t remember that she applied for vacancies in this Company as she had applied for a lot by then. Anyway she thought that this would be a great opportunity during the time even some degree holders were unemployed. She was so happy and eager to contact them via Skype.

As requested by the Company, Darshi could get in touch with the interviewer, who was a lady and asked her to describe a bit about herself. Darshi felt quite comfortable with their approach and faced for that with confidence. The lady was very understanding and said that they could hold the position till she finished the degree, but some images of Darshi wearing stretched or transparent dresses were required to get approval from their top management to hold this position for her.

Darshi’s mind told her “Girl, don’t miss this chance”. Accordingly she decided to send some sexy images of hers to impress them and get the job confirmed. She started dreaming about being famous through this and then becoming a film star of high demand.

As soon as she sent them, she received a call from a Manager of the Company asking her to turn the video on and remove her top to scrutinize her actual beauty to proceed with the recruitment due to the fact that they got a lot of edited / fake photos sent by applicants.

This time without thinking twice Darshi said “I’m so sorry…I don’t feel comfortable to do it ”.

Then the Manager lost his temper and his real wolf came out of the sheep’s cloth. He disconnected the line and messaged her “If you don’t show me your naked body, I’ll edit the pictures you sent and upload in porn sites. Don’t be idiotic. JUST SHOW IT TO ME OR TO THE WHOLE WORLD. If you like, reply me within 24 hours. If not, I’ll do the needful to ruin your life”.

Darshi was totally blank and didn’t know what to do. She told the whole story to her best friend Achini, who quickly gave her the hotline of Hithawathi helpdesk. Darshi contacted Hithawathi and explained her issue. Hithawathi instructed her to skip further contacts with them and lodge a complaint to CID Social Media Unit via email, dir.cid@police.lk to investigate about these criminals. Moreover, Hithawathi asked Darshi to get back to them immediately if she found any of her images published on the internet so that Hithawathi could assist reporting and removing them.

Precaution tips:

  • When you get online job offers, search about the Company on the internet before replying to them. Check if they are genuine or not. (If you haven’t applied to them before, the offer is most probably a scam)
  • Contact Hithawathi for support in reporting and removing if your pictures / videos or any other content that harms you are published on the internet.
  • Cyber-criminal complaints that are clearly mentioned with relevant evidence (correct links, screenshots, etc.) can be handed over to the CID, or sent to “The Director, Criminal Investigation Department, Colombo 01” by registered post. Additionally, you have the option of emailing the same via dir.cid@police.lk