Social-media extortion cases have been cropping up across the world in recent years as more and more people continue to use video messaging apps or Web sites such as We Chat, Facebook, Skype or Kijiji.
Nevertheless, a minority of young people in urban areas discreetly live their not much different than their Western counterparts.
Those who flaunt their independence by dressing "immodestly" can face the wrath of Guidance Patrols, or religious police. Khamenei, who is referred to as the "Supreme Leader," has his own website.
President Hassan Rouhani's staff maintains Facebook and Twitter accounts for him. Several young people contacted by Fox News said they viewed the chat fatwa as part of a pattern to keep people from communicating directly rather than primarily a religious ruling to preserve modesty.
But soon afterward, he got a call from the woman, demanding he cough up $200 or she would post his shameful Skype video to You Tube and Facebook.
Feeling helpless, he wired her the money through Western Union, the sources said. The woman called back later and demanded another $200, the sources said.
The man reported the shakedown to cops, providing a possible name for the perpetrator.
Investigators have yet to make any arrests, though.
And a 37 year-old coffee shop owner in Mashad going by the name of Sam saw the fatwa as a diversion.
"So now instead of having a population of people asking, 'Where's my freedom? ' you have people asking 'how can I meet a girl online without breaking the law? CNN reported last summer that the government is trying to steer people to use a high-speed government-controlled intranet that opponents have dubbed "halal" or permissible under Islamic religious law.
A Manhattan man’s cyber-sex session on Skype ended in an online blackmail plot by a woman to whom he exposed himself on camera, police sources told The Post. While he struck several scandalous poses, he never realized the woman was recording every embarrassing thing he was doing.
The 22-year-old victim, from Morningside Heights, put himself in a “comprising position,” as he videochatted with the stranger at around 2 p.m. After the session ended, he thought everything was fine.