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Police Warn of Extortion on Pornographic Websites

Police Warn of Extortion on Pornographic Websites
June 29th, 2018 - Police & the Community

Investigators with the Barrie Police Crimes Against Persons Unit are warning the public, especially men about an alleged online extortion scam.

The scam involves suspects creating fake female profiles on several pornographic websites to lure male victims into compromising video chats. The victims will engage in an age and social appropriate conversation with the “woman”, which then becomes sexual, and the conversation moves to a video chat that is recorded without their knowledge or consent.

During the online chats, the victim is coerced into performing sexual acts. Once the victim engages in compromising behaviour in front of the camera, the video chat will stop. The victims are then told the event was recorded. The suspects threaten to release the video to the victim’s family and friends via e-mail, Facebook or post the video to YouTube unless money is sent.  

It is believed the online videos that men are looking at are pre-recorded. The fraudsters are organized and they research their victims using social media sites. The consequences can result in the suspects demanding money, which can range from several hundreds to several thousands of dollars per victim. Payments are usually requested via Western Union or in the form of iTunes cards, and made to either the Philippines or a number of other countries including the Ivory Coast and Nigeria. 

This type of online extortion is also known as “sextortion” which is a form of exploitation that involves the threat of releasing shared intimate videos, images, or explicit messages online. Investigators are strongly encouraging people to not to accept “friend” requests from strangers. Whether it is a social interaction, or a buy/sell transaction, people should always verify the identity of the other person they are communicating with before deciding to trust that person.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Barrie Police Crimes Against Person Unit at (705) 725-7025. Or to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com 

 Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419