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Fake agent seeking nude photos released on bail

A screen grab as posted by the Paphos media earlier last month with the alleged payment

A 32-year-old Greek national, a permanent resident of Larnaca, was released on bail on Friday until his case will be heard in court on December 6.

The man had originally been remanded for five days in connection with complaints filed by two women, 23 and 25, who told police that, in Facebook and Skype chats, he promised them a hefty sum of money if they agreed to send him nude pictures of themselves, which he would use to promote their modelling careers.

The two women, who have lived in Cyprus for the last 12 and 17 years, respectively, said they received no money even though they did send the pictures.

During questioning, he admitted to having chatted with the two women on social media, but gave a different account of events.

According to the 23-year-old, he had messaged her on Facebook that he had sent her the money he promised, which then turned out to have been a lie.

The 32-year-old suspect appears to have been involved in multiple incidents, with several aspiring models across Cyprus claiming to have fallen victim to his scam.

He was set free by the Paphos district court after he paid €10,000 in cash, handed over his travel documents, was registered on a stop list and was ordered to report to Larnaca’s main police station every Saturday.

Police arrested the 32-year-old on November 26 in Larnaca.

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