Po­lice News

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For sev­eral years now, the Regie de po­lice Mem­phrem­a­gog (RPM) has re­ceived com­plaints from black­mail vic­tims. In most cases, th­ese vic­tims came into con­tact with an un­known per­son ei­ther on the in­ter­net or on so­cial me­dia and, after a few ex­changes, were asked to un­dress in front of a we­b­cam. Then they are told that the images were recorded and that, if they don’t pay be­tween $2000 and $3000, the images will be spread on the in­ter­net. Although the po­lice have only re­ceived a few com­plaints, they sus­pect that many oth­ers are be­ing black­mailed and may be too ashamed of be­ing ‘duped’ to come to the po­lice.

Since it is almost im­pos­si­ble to bring th­ese black­mail­ers to jus­tice be­cause they of­ten re­side in other coun­tries, the best thing is preven­tion: never ex­change per­sonal in­for­ma­tion or com­pro­mis­ing pho­tos on the in­ter­net, even with peo­ple you know; If some­one has pic­tures of you ask them to de­stroy them and not keep any copies; if some­one is threat­en­ing to spread pic­tures of you, don’t give them any money. Rather, block their email ad­dress, ad­vise your con­tacts to do the same, and de­mand that the in­ter­net sites that publish your images re­move them.

More­over, any­one who takes pho­tos or film of them­selves and sends them to another per­son on the in­ter­net, risks be­ing ac­cused of the pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of pornog­ra­phy. If the pho­tos or film in­volve a mi­nor, the charges will be over child pornog­ra­phy.

On Mon­day morn­ing, a man was ar­rested on au­toroute 10 along with his ac­com­plice after try­ing to steal gro­ceries from a Magog store. The 31 year-old sus­pect from Granby filled a gro­cery cart with food and was stopped by the store’s man­ager when he tried to leave the premises with the cart with­out pay­ing. He was ar­rested for an at­tempt to steal, break­ing pro­ba­tion and pos­ses­sion of drugs.

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