‘Sex­tor­tion’ scam

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

SOUTH West res­i­dents are be­ing warned of “sex­tor­tion” scam­mers who co­erce vic­tims into shar­ing sex­u­ally ex­plicit ma­te­rial over so­cial me­dia and dat­ing sites.

The scam­mers then at­tempt to ex­tort money from the vic­tims by threat­en­ing to send the ma­te­rial to fam­ily mem­bers, part­ners or em­ploy­ers.

Since De­cem­ber 2017, eight peo­ple have been black­mailed in this way ac­cord­ing to WA ScamNet.

Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion South West re­gional co­or­di­na­tor An­netta Bellingeri said it was a se­ri­ous scam be­cause of the emo­tional trauma it could cause.

She said vic­tims should never send money and should in­stead call 1300 304 054 to seek help.

She ad­vised vic­tims to block the scam­mer and re­port any ma­te­rial up­loaded to web­sites such as YouTube or Face­book.

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