Police warning to be wary of what we share online following reports of sextortion

Victim provided intimate video on Facebook, leading to demand for payment

South Simcoe Police are investigating several reports of a “sextortion” scam over social media.

Sextortion is described as when someone online threatens to send sexual images or videos of you to other people if you don’t pay them off or provide more sexual content.

An adult male victim received a Facebook friend request from an account with a woman’s name. After brief chatting between the two, a video chat was initiated. During the video call, sexual images of the victim were obtained. The suspect immediately demanded money in exchange for the deletion of the video.

The victim was told the video would be shared with family and friends if he didn’t pay up. Police say the video was sent to the Facebook account of the victim’s mother.

Police confirm three such incidences have been reported recently, while no money has changed hands.

The South Simcoe Police Service says if you are the target of Facebook sextortion, you should first remain calm. Do not give in to the suspect’s demands for money, and cease all contact. Police say you should save all communications with the suspect along with any identifying information, then immediately report the incident to law enforcement.

If you have information regarding these occurrences, or if you have been victimized by this scam, contact Detective Constable Andrew Smith at 905-775-3311, extension 1043 or andrew.smith@southsimcoepolice.ca.

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