RCMP warn of sextortion scams


RCMP are warning the public about sextortion scams are receiving a recent report.

They say the scam involves an online relationship where a the victim is asked to perform a sex act during an online video chat. The victim is told the act was record and it will be distributed to the victim’s contacts if they don’t send money.

Mounties in Halifax say a 45-year-old man sent a video to a suspect, who then demanded money.

They say, in this instance, the video hasn’t been sent to the victim’s contacts, but it could still happen at some point

“If you make a video or take a photo and that device has the ability to connect to the internet, the content can potentially be seen by anyone,” says S/Sgt. Royce MacRae, of Nova Scotia RCMP Digital Forensics Services. “One way to protect yourself from this type of scam is to not accept friend requests from strangers.”

RCMP are asking the public to report suspicious activity by calling 902-490-5020.

Anyone who thinks they have been the victim of a scam can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online.

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