By Rosalind Russell-
The East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police wants to warn the public about a scam that seems to be targeting young men on social media and dating sites.
Constable Bev Gauthier says sextortion is where people are lured into an online relationship and as the relationship builds, victims are encouraged to use the computer’s camera and the scammer will coerce the victim to perform a sexual act on webcam.
She adds the victim is later advised that the event was recorded and to pay a fee or the video will be released publicly or sent to a list of friends.
Gauthier says there are ways to protect oneself by denying any requests to perform an illicit act over the internet, disable your webcam or any other camera when you are not using it and consider carefully who you share explicit videos and photographs with.
She says anyone who is in that situation is strongly encouraged to contact police for further investigation.
Photo: The East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police wants to warn the public about a scam that seems to be targeting young men on social media and dating sites. Photo- Florian Krumm- unsplash.com